Jameson Rolls Out Two New Caskmates Irish Whiskey Collaborations

| September 17, 2019

Jameson is teaming up with two American craft breweries—Bale Breaker Brewery in Yakima, Washington, and Revolution Brewing in Chicago—on their latest Caskmates releases, which they’re calling the Jameson Caskmates Hyperlocal Limited Editions.

“Jameson’s commitment to local neighborhoods is the cornerstone of our connection with whiskey drinkers and local tastemakers, across the country,” said Paul Di Vito, vice president of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Pernod Ricard USA, in a prepared statement. “Jameson Caskmates Hyperlocal Editions allow us to put the spotlight on these local breweries, devising a spirit that embodies the taste of our neighborhoods.”

Brewers from both breweries traveled to Ireland to brew their beers, which were then used to season Jameson barrels. The barrels were then filled with Jameson’s triple-distilled, blended Irish whiskey, resulting in whiskeys that have been “patiently finished in local craft beer-seasoned barrels.”

Jameson Caskmates Bale Breaker Limited Edition (image via Jameson)

“Going to Ireland to collaborate with Jameson is a brewer’s dream,” said Bale Breaker head brewer Kevin Smith. “Our Topcutter IPA embodies where we’re from, and bringing a taste of our neighborhood to the Jameson distillery to create our very own Caskmates Limited Edition was quite incredible.”

“When we came together, it was about making something new and different. Chicago has a strong Irish history and now we have an Irish Whiskey of our own,” said Jim Cibak, head brewer at Revolution Brewing.

The distillery’s tasting notes for both whiskeys are below:

Jameson Caskmates Bale Breaker Limited Edition (Bale Breaker Brewing Company,Yakima, WA)
Tasting Notes & Product Information:

  • Nose: Rich in hops with delicate floral notes
  • Taste: Citrus notes with some spices and vanilla throughout
  • Finish: Rich, lasting finish with hints of hops fading to notes of oak and spice
  • ABV: 40% Alc./Vol. (80 proof)

Jameson Caskmates Revolution Brewing Limited Edition (Revolution BrewingChicago, IL)
Tasting Notes & Product Information:

  • Nose: Delicate fruits, grapefruit and lingering sweet notes
  • Taste: Full bodied and smooth with hints of both hops and vanilla
  • Finish: Spice character and hops fade slowly into lingering fruit notes and toasted oak
  • ABV: 40% Alc./Vol. (80 proof)
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These whiskeys are available for a limited time at “select retail locations” and bars at a suggested price of around $30.

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Katelyn Best

Katelyn is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon. She's a regular contributor to the Whiskey Wash with an affinity for the unique and weird side of whiskey.