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Help Us Bring Dead Irish Poet To Life!

August 1, 2014 9:31 am

Calling all beer lovers, do-gooders, and everyone in between: FINNEGANS is making a brand new beer, and we need your help! We’re launching Dead Irish Poet Extra Stout this fall, and in order to do that, we need to raise $30,000 on our Kickstarter. With your help, we’ll line bar taps and liquor store shelves this […]

Calling all beer lovers, do-gooders, and everyone in between: FINNEGANS is making a brand new beer, and we need your help! We’re launching Dead Irish Poet Extra Stout this fall, and in order to do that, we need to raise $30,000 on our Kickstarter. With your help, we’ll line bar taps and liquor store shelves this fall with the tastiest addition to the FINNEGANS lineup yet!

The limited release Dead Irish Poet is completely different that our Blonde Ale and Irish Amber. This Extra Stout is boozier and more robust—one with delicious dark chocolate and stone fruit notes to warm you up like a cozy Irish cable sweater this fall. It might even inspire you to write an ode or two yourself.

The beer was crafted by Damian McConn, the head brewer at our loyal partner Summit Brewing Company. He gave us some insight into what went into Dead Irish Poet, and what makes it special.

This is your second time coming up with a new beer for FINNEGANS. What was the process like working with Jacquie and the team and coming up with this new beer?
It’s important to visualize how the new beer will sit amongst the existing brands, and ensuring a certain consistency within the portfolio is very important. Jacquie, through her exuberance and energy, really helps to convey the overall message of both the beer itself, and the Finnegan’s organization in general. Her communication and  input is vital to the creation of the new beer; I simply take the best elements of her ideas and combine them into an overall bevvy that people can understand and enjoy.

FINNEGANS, and this new brew in particular, have a particularly Irish background. With you yourself hailing from Ireland, did you look for any inspiration from the beers of your homeland?
With a brand such as Finnegan’s, it’s an obvious step to look back through the brewing books and use some of the older beer styles and recipes from Ireland as a source of inspiration. Being originally from the Old Country, I’m in the fortunate position of being fairly well-versed in some of these styles. I think Jacquie and I narrowed it down to a couple of beers that could work, all being heavily based around styles that either still are popular or once were common back home.

What can FINNEGANS fans expect from the beer in terms of flavor and body?
Being an extra stout, we can expect notes of mocha coffee, espresso, black cherry and dark chocolate in addition to the traditional roasted finish one associates with the style. I really tried to stay away from the bitter, dry acidity common to Dublin stouts, instead embracing a fuller bodied, multi-dimensional beer that accentuates yeast and malt characteristics more so than hops.

Are there any existing beers you’d compare this one to?
There may be one or two out there I’m unfamiliar with, but this beer will be quite different to existing American stout and porter, and while similar to some Cork stouts, really quite different to anything currently produced in Ireland.

Do you craft a beer any differently knowing that it is a limited release?
I try to understand the timing of the beer’s availability, the overall volume involved and the flavors and aromas that are integral to the beer itself. Limited release beers can sometimes offer the chance for greater creativity and innovation, perhaps a greater degree of freedom when choosing the raw materials. In reality however, most brewers will approach each beer with the same quality-driven mindset, and I’m probably no different.

What are your thoughts on the craft brew movement in the Twin Cities, and how do you see FINNEGANS in that space?
We’re continuing to see a greater selection of craft beer available to the consumer, with the variety of styles and ingredients greater than ever before. The opportunity for choice has never been better, but it’s important to remember that quality and consistency are of paramount importance, and we can’t lose sight of our long-term goals of strengthening the industry as a whole and ensuring it’s robust enough to withstand outside pressures. With established brands and a partnership with a stalwart of the craft beer scene here in Minnesota, Finnegan’s  will continue to play an important role in the overall development of the industry.

If you have any final thoughts on the beer or FINNEGANS please feel free to share.
The Finnegan’s concept of doing good while enjoying a pint is indeed special and unique. The relationship we here at Summit have with Jacquie really resonates with our own core beliefs of supporting our community and giving back. I’m in the privileged position of being able to contribute to both organizations, a truly fortunate position to be in!

We think this bold new addition to the FINNEGANS family will bolster sales and bring more do-goodery to our communities. Please help us excite your taste buds and continue to bolster our mission this fall on our Kickstarter!

Here’s to doing good.

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