The Brewers Project has been Guinness & Co.’s venture into the craft beer market, and it has allowed the company to launch several new ales. Guinness Blonde American Lager and Guinness Nitro IPA have been the first two to come from The Brewers Project, but two more are on their way.

Guinness has announced two new beer selections that will be available through December. They are the Rye Pale Ale and the Antwerpen Stout, though no details were given as to whether or not these beers will function as seasonal beers do, as in they’ll be back same time next year.

“Guinness Antwerpen Stout was brewed for the first time in 1944 for its namesake: the Belgian city of Antwerp. Though known by a different name – Guinness Special Export – it’s still a fan favorite in the European city,” Guinness wrote.

Antwerpen Stout is said to contain an intense roasted malt, smoked wood, raisin and licorice hints. The nose apparently contains scents of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and “a touch of black currant.” GM for the Open Gate Brewery Experience Padraig Fox talked about the stout.

“It’s been more than 70 years since we first exported the Antwerpen Stout from Dublin to Antwerp, but its cult following is probably stronger than it’s ever been. I guess now the secret is out. Even if it is only for a few months, we’re happy to see this Guinness favorite having its moment in the U.S.,” Fox said.

Antwerpen Stout in all its glory (Courtesy of Guinness & Co.).
Antwerpen Stout in all its glory (Courtesy of Guinness & Co.).

The beer possesses an eight percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and 52 international bitterness units (IBUs). Again, beer drinkers can pick up the ale through this December and you can acquire a four pack of 11.2 oz bottles for $9.99.

The Rye Pale Ale actually first was experienced by friends and families of the brewery last year. Folks ended up enjoying the brew, so it was put on tap at the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin. Success continued for the beer and here it is debuting as part of The Brewers Project portfolio.

It contains a peppery bite, which is a result of the rye malt. Balance comes from the grapefruit and citrus notes that are born out of the Mosaic and Cascade hops. An original brewer of the Rye Pale Ale Peter Simpson weighed in on the beer.

“Beer is obviously something we love, and we wanted to share a little something we were working on with just a few of our closest friends and family and colleagues at the brewery. We didn’t expect it to get this kind of reaction, but it just sort of snowballed. Now here we are about to introduce it to the other side of the world,” Simpson said.

Guinness Rye Pale Ale will stick around through December, same as the stout. It too will be sold in four packs of 11.2 oz bottles, but will have a $8.99 price tag. The beer sports a 5.0 ABV and 18 IBUs. We Write Things will have reviews of the ales in the days ahead so stick around for more regarding the Guinness Rye Pale Ale and Antwerpen Stout.

Guinness Rye Pale Ale in all its glory (Courtesy of Guinness & Co.).
Guinness Rye Pale Ale in all its glory (Courtesy of Guinness & Co.).


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