By Dave Smith
In a collaboration of crafts, Rogue Brewmaster John Maier and Rogue Spirits Master Distiller John Couchot have joined forces to create a distinct, innovative series of brews called John John Ales. The series will take Rogue Ales favorites and age them in Rogue Spirits barrels.
The first of the John John series is John John Dead Guy Ale, Rogue’s award-winning Dead Guy Ale matures in Rogue’s award-winning Dead Guy Whiskey barrels. The cross collaboration of these two products starts with the distilling of Dead Guy Ale wort to create the Dead Guy Whiskey. The Whiskey is then aged in Oak barrels and bottles, then the barrels are taken across the parking lot to the Brewery, where they are fill with Dead Guy Ale and matured for three months.
Each John John product will be a limited release, available to the public in the following order:
John John Dead Guy Ale (a German Maibock, deep honey in color with a malt aroma and a caramel, vanilla, and oak finish and available on draft and in 22 oz. bottles since Jan. 2010)
John John Juniper Pale Ale
Rogue’s Juniper Pale Ale (matured in Rogue Spruce Gin barrels)
John John Hazelnut’s Brown Nectar (maturing Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar in Rogue’s Hazelnut Spiced Rum barrels)