New Projects With East Bay's St. George
Last Fall we had a major hit on our hands when we teamed up with St. George to release an oddball single malt that had been double-matured with an apple brandy barrel. Now that the air has cleared and the frenzy has died down we've decided to hit the drawing board once again and see what else we could dream up for 2011. When I drove out to the distillery yesterday, I caught Dave right in the middle of stirring up some Bourbon mash, so I decided to take a little video of that (which you can watch above) before dragging him away to do some barrel tasting.
Dave had already prepared a list of some barrels he thought might prove interesting. We wandered through the racks of wood and located the numbers while I listened to an explanation of each one. Some were standard 11 year old single malts that had a classic St. George character, another had really picked up a massive amount of bourbon wood to the point that it tasted more like Kentucky whiskey than single malt, but in the end it was the younger barrels that intrigued me most.
About four years ago, a major California beer producer crafted a blend from two of their most famous brews that resulted in leftover product. St. George was offered the surplus and decided to distill a drinkable, saleable beer into high-quality whiskey. There are six barrels of this malt and the flavors are wildly hoppy. At one point, Dave said it would make the ultimate shot for a Boilermaker! While no plans were finalized, we did pow-wow with Lance for a bit to see if we could make something work. Stay tuned.
Thinking I was done for the day, I was about to walk out the door before Lance pulled me over to a steel tank that held the result of their first gin foray. In fact, their were two tanks that held two completely different gins - one a classic juniper-infused London style and the other a wildly-spicy, Indian-marsala-like spirit. Both were delicious and both are one-time only products. "That sounds like a job for K&L," Lance said. A St. George/K&L double gin special release? Wow, could it work? Mixologists beware.
At this point, I really thought I was done for the day but all of a sudden a taco stand appeared with freshly cooked carnitas and a slew of different salsas. I couldn't turn down a few tacos.
Stay tuned this Spring and Summer for some new and exciting developments!