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31st January 2014


 – Available Nationwide in Tesco from February –

 Edinburgh, Scotland: Since launching in 2012, Innis & Gunn’s seasonal Irish whiskey stout (7.4%, 330ml) has become a global sensation, selling out in every market within weeks of hitting the shelves. This potent celtic connection is being re-established in 2014 as the award-winning oak-ageing brewer releases Irish Whiskey Finish.




Innis & Gunn founder and master brewer, Dougal Sharp, said: “Ireland is known throughout the world for producing great stouts and Scotland is famed for its whisky.  In making Irish Whiskey Finish, we have flipped the two Celtic nations on their heads and produced a Stout made uniquely from Scottish malts, which we then mature over Irish whiskey-infused oak.  The chocolate malt and roasted barley both give a real depth of flavour to this brew and the Super Styrian hops add an earthy, balancing sweetness.”




A rich, complex brew, Irish Whiskey Finish delivers a smooth and velvety finish that lingers on the palate, the dark chocolate and coffee flavours from the stout marrying perfectly with the honeyed spice of the whiskey and the vanilla from the oak.




Unlike previous releases, the 2014 brew is made using Innis & Gunn’s pioneering oak maturation vessels: the Oakerators®.  Dougal added: “It was impossible to get our hands on enough casks because Irish whiskey is surging in popularity across the world and none of the distilleries will sell their casks.  We didn’t want to disappoint the thousands of consumers who have been expecting our annual Irish Whiskey release so we’ve matured this seasonal in our Oakerators®.  I’m really pleased with the flavour of this year’s beer.  It’s got great intensity and layers of flavour and I hope consumers will like it just as much.”




Like all Innis & Gunn beers, the new Irish Whiskey Finish can be enjoyed on its own but is also a great partner to a selection of assertively flavoured dishes including rich beef stew, blue cheese or oysters. For those with a sweet tooth, it goes beautifully with treacle pudding.




Irish Whiskey Finish will be available in Tesco stores nationwide from February 2014, priced at around £1.99.




Tasting notes:


Malt:               I&G Ale Malt, Crystal Malt, Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt, Raw Wheat


Hops:              Super Styrian


Maturation:    Over Irish Whiskey-infused American oak heartwood in the Oakerators®




Colour:           Black


Smell:             Chocolate, treacle, roasted coffee beans and dried fruit


Taste:             Earthy hops, rich malt and a nice cocoa bitterness


Finish:            Complex and satisfying with a lingering oaky sweetness and a creamy mouthfeel


Drink With:    Rich beef stew, oysters, treacle pudding or blue cheese


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Notes to Editors:


Innis & Gunn was discovered by accident, and lucky for us that it was.  The beer was conceived in 2002 – well not the beer that Innis & Gunn drinkers know and love, but the base beer.  Dougal Sharp was asked by Grant’s Distillers to create a distinctive beer that would season whisky barrels for a Cask Ale Reserve whisky.  The beer was developed and served its time in the barrel only to be thrown away as a by-product until canny distillery workers realised that it was a brew unlike no other and far too good to dispense with.  Instead, they dispensed the beer into lemonade bottles for the occasional clandestine treat.  Transformed by its time in oak, the beer assumed characteristics that were completely unknown in any other beer styles.  Sweet toffee and vanilla notes complemented a backbone of mellow malt and fruity hop.  This was a beer that was both complex and flavourful and the industry soon sat up to take note.




In 2003, Innis & Gunn (the middle names of CEO Dougal Sharp and his brother Neil) launched with this first and cornerstone beer, Original.  Over time Rum Finish and, most recently, Toasted Oak IPA, have joined the core family and Limited Edition releases help Innis & Gunn continue to blaze a trail in oak maturation.  Plaudits have abounded for both the beer and the company: Monde Selection medals, World Beer Awards and two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in International Trade have all signalled that, despite an accidental discovery, Innis & Gunn has a nose for beer and a head for business.




Now Scotland’s leading independent beer company, Innis & Gunn has built a loyal band of followers across the globe.  Beyond the UK, where it is the fourth biggest specialty beer brand in the retail sector, Innis & Gunn is the best-selling British bottled beer in Canada and number one bottled import ale brand in Sweden.






Steph Middleton  Press Officer


The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Ltd

6 Randolph Crescent Edinburgh EH3 7TH



0131 220 7230


07515 738605


0131 226 6333

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