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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with an Irish coffee stout

Brittany Anas

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Boulder Beer's 'Irish Blessing' is back this March.Boulder Beer

By Brittany Anas / NewsBreak Denver

(Boulder, Colo) Forget the green beer. Boulder Beer teamed up with Jameson Irish Whiskey to make a rich and chocolatey Irish Coffee Stout just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

You could consider Irish Blessing (6.9% ABV) the beer world’s interpretation of Irish coffee. The limited-edition coffee stout is aged on Jameson Irish Whiskey-soaked oak chips and made with a cold brew coffee infusion from Colorado-based Huckleberry Coffee.

“Our goal was to replicate the Irish coffee profile to the best of our abilities,” says Joe Schiraldi, vice president of operations for Boulder Beer.

To accomplish this, the brewery aged the base stout on oak chips that were previously soaked in Jameson Irish Whiskey to impart rich oak-forward flavors with a familiar caramel whiskey flavor. Legally, brewers can’t incorporate any residual distilled spirits into beer, so they had to make sure the oak chips dried completely after soaking.

“But it still accomplished the goal of infusing those bold, caramel, oak-forward, whiskey notes,” Schiraldi says.

The well-balanced beer is also brewed with chocolate malts for a bittersweet chocolate finish. A touch of lactose gives the beer a creamy mouthfeel.

To track down Irish Blessing, you can use Boulder Beer’s beer finder.

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