BOULDER, Colo. – May the kegs serve as a transformative vessel, may the coffee bring you warmth and renewed life, may our malt infuse rich chocolate comfort, and may your glass always remain more than half full.

Boulder Beer is delighted to announce the return of Irish Blessing, a 6.9% ABV Irish Coffee Stout aged on oak shavings soaked in Jameson Irish Whiskey just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Originally launched in 2017, Irish Blessing remains one of the brewery’s most requested brands to date and, after a short hiatus, is making a comeback in March 2022.

Inspired by traditional Irish coffee but with a modern alcoholic twist, Irish Blessing is brewed with an abundance of dark and chocolate malts for a bittersweet chocolate finish as well as rolled oats and a touch of lactose to give a creamy mouthfeel . For this release, Boulder Beer was able to come together with Colorado’s own Huckleberry Cafe to find the perfect roast for their cold brew coffee brew.

Another mainstay of traditional Irish coffee involves a fiery infusion of whiskey flavors. To do this, Boulder Beer aged the base stout over oak shavings previously soaked in Jameson Irish Whiskey to impart rich oak flavors with that familiar caramel whiskey note.

“Our aim was to replicate the profile of Irish coffee to the best of our abilities,” says Vice President of Operations Joe Schiraldi. “We decided to use oak chips because it’s a more efficient way to give that whiskey profile since you get more surface area between the wood and the beer. We are legally prohibited from incorporating residual distilled spirits into the beer, so we had to ensure that the oak chips were completely dried after steeping. But it still achieved the goal of infusing those bold, caramelized, woody whiskey notes.

The result is a beautifully complex yet surprisingly easy-drinking stout to warm your spirit and fill your soul.

While Irish Blessing remains more balanced and approachable for an oak-aged beer, Boulder Beer is also thrilled to present a boozy, bolder, barrel-aged entry. Killer Penguin, a 10.1% alcohol barrel-aged barley wine is not for the faint-hearted.

Originally launched in 2003, this refreshed version features classic English-style Barleywine aged for three months in Denver’s Laws Whiskey House bourbon casks. Featuring an understated hop profile with Chinook and Willamette hops, Killer Penguin is bolstered by its malty base that lends toffee and toffee notes from the barrel aging process.

“English-style Barleywines lend themselves perfectly to barrel aging to complement its rich malt base,” Schiraldi said. “This one is a slow sip with bold caramel and sherry notes and I’m really excited to reintroduce it as a specialty version.”

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