Stoup Brewing teams up with Jameson Irish Whiskey to produce Dublin Down Imperial Irish Red

Jameson Irish Whiskey recently announced its latest partnership and collaboration with seven American craft brewers to form the 2016 version of the Jameson Caskmates Drinking Buddies program. Among the breweries selected for this year’s program, Seattle’s Stoup Brewing Company, which will release the resulting beer, Dublin Down Imperial Irish Red, on September 28th at a special event (more info below).

The stated purpose of the Caskmates Drinking Buddies program is to highlight a shared passion for quality and craft, bringing like-minded individuals together with a common bond of creating superior quality beer and whiskey. Each of the participating breweries is given Jameson Irish Whiskey barrels in which they age their beer for a select period of time. The result is a collection of limited edition beers featuring hints of Jameson incorporated into each unique beer.


Stoup Brewing decided to make a very Irish beer for the project, sourcing ingredients from the Emerald Isle. “At Stoup we were inspired to obtain our malt from Malting Company of Ireland, the same maltster that supplies the distillery,” says head brewer, Brad Benson. “With this as our base, we crafted an Imperial Irish Red.”

Stoup Brewing describes the beer like this: “After extended time in Jameson barrels, the resulting beer, Dublin Down Imperial Irish Red, is a rich malty beer with notes of caramel and toasted bread. The time in Jameson barrels adds a depth of richness and added structure to the beer. The subtle grainy sweetness of Irish malt is balanced by a strong addition of bittering hops and warming alcohol of 10% ABV.”

When asked about participating in the program, co-owner Lara Zahaba e proudly said, “We are honored to be recognized as having the shared passion for quality and craft that Jameson was seeking in these seven partner breweries.”

“Jameson Irish Whiskey has always taken pride in celebrating those who share the same passion and focus when it comes to their craft,” said Sona Bajaria, Vice President, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Pernod Ricard USA. “Jameson Caskmates Drinking Buddies allows us to put the spotlight on these local craft brewers who ultimately embody the same spirit as our motto, Sine Metu.”

Sine Metu, means without fear, and the Jameson Caskmates Drinking Buddies program celebrates the fearlessness of each brewer as we continue to pursue our passions. The same spirit and tradition of the family motto lives on through this creation and partnership.

Stoup Brewing’s Dublin Down Imperial Irish Red will be released at a celebratory event on September 28th, 2016. For more information on how to attend this event, craft beer lovers should join the brewery newsletter at http://www.stoupbrewing.com/signup/.

This partnership was inspired by the creation and end result of Jameson Caskmates, a one-of-a-kind whiskey born out of conversation and collaboration with local Irish craft brewery, Franciscan Well.  Jameson took a similar approach and worked with the American breweries, four of which they partnered with previously.

The seven American breweries involved in the project this year include:

  • Angel City Brewery
  • Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
  • Deep Ellum Brewing Company
  • Great Divide Brewing Company
  • Stoup Brewing
  • Cycle Brewing
  • Fat Heads Brewing


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