Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey Showcases Recent Brewery Collaboration

By Hannah Kanik / December 14, 2020

Buzzard’s Roost, a Kentucky based whiskey maker, and Against the Grain, also Kentucky based and a brewer, came together last month for a special whiskey and beer collaboration: Roosted Chiquen Brewer’s Toast Finish and Roosted Chiquen Sippin’ Beer.

These products are sold together and are bonded in a custom oak profile developed by the brewers and distillery that are used both in the rye whiskey and amber lager. Both are said to have vanilla and smoky notes from the oak aging process.

Roosted Chiquen Brewer’s Toast Finish

Buzzard’s Roost Roosted Chiquen Brewer’s Toast Finish (image via Buzzard’s Roost)

“We’ve experimented with smoke and oak flavors since we first started brewing,” Jerry Gnagy, co-founder and Head Brewer at Against the Grain Brewery, said in a prepared statement. “We saw what Buzzard’s Roost was doing with their specialized, custom barrels and thought it’d be fun to see what happens when we introduced our amber lager to the same wood.”

Buzzard’s Roost sources aged whiskey and uses what they describe as proprietary barrels — charred or toasted — to create unique flavor profiles. Once the whiskey is selected, it is re-barreled using the special barrels and aged in Kentucky warehouses.

“Think of the staves we use in our barrels as a spice rack,” Jason Brauner, Buzzard’s Roost Master Blender, noted. “Picking and choosing flavor profiles, specific to the wood on a molecular level, we can make a pretty good guess at what flavors will be imparted on our whiskey. Turns out – it also works well with beer.”

A little more official information on the whiskey and beer can be found below. They should be available right now throughout select retail stores in Kentucky.

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Roosted Chiquen Brewer’s Toast Finish:

  • Warm confectionary and caramel flavors followed by vanilla and smoke. 
  • ABV: 52.5% — 105 proof

Roosted Chiquen Sippin’ Beer:

  • Custom oak profile for the beer’s staves that mirror the whiskey’s toasted barrel, both possessing notes of vanilla and smoke. 
  • ABV: 6.5%