A new release from Allagash Brewing Co. is named after the man who made a aperitif famous.
The beer is Émile, a 7.2 percent ABV ale brewed with two-row malt, local oats and northern brewer hops. In an email, Brett Willis, marketing specialist at Allagash, told Tenemu that the ale was then aged in foudres that previously held the French aperitif Pineau des Charentes for 23 months.
Historically, Pineau des Charentes is a a fortified wine made from fresh unfermented grape juice before having Cognac added and aged in foudres. While the drink has been produced since the late 1500s, it was commercialized in 1921 by Émile Daud, a winemaker from the Burie commune of France.
According to Willis, Émile will be packaged in 375ml bottles that will be shipped to retailers in Allagash’s entire distribution network “later this year.”
Update (Aug. 10, 2016) — This post was updated to include information on the release date and brewing details. It was originally published on Aug. 2, 2016.