The Finnegan's lineup is getting heavier with the addition of an Irish stout this fall.
Starting in October, the for-charity brewery will release a new Irish inspired stout named Dead Irish Poet to sell in sampler packs and on draught. The "Saintly Sampler" packs will offer 12 bottles, consisting of six stouts, three of their flagship ambers, and three blonde ales.
"We launch the stout in October and expect it to be around through the holidays," says Finnegan's Jacquie Berglund. As for how they chose to go stout with the expanded lineup, there are multiple factors. The beer was developed by Summit's Damian McConn (Finnegan's brewing is done by contact with Summit), who is a former Guinness employee; the style is in tune with the brand's Irish identity; and stout was the majority vote in an open call via their social media pages.
Finnegan's is currently running a Kickstarter to help fund the beer's development, ensuring that more profits go toward charity instead of lab costs. McConn says the beer with be an export stout with notes of mocha coffee, espresso, black berry, and dark chocolate while avoiding the bitterness of Dublin stouts.
Finnegan's, founded in 2000, gives 100 percent of profits to local hunger organizations.
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