30 March 2017
There are many different reasons why we turn up to work each morning and mash in, but if we were to take a straw poll of our brewing team one would feature fairly highly. The desire to experiment and try new things is something that has driven brewers for generations and today we still love nothing more than taking a chance and seeing where it leads. And since our very early days, that desire has been formative to one series of beers in particular.
Our latest Paradox release is out now.
A liquid interpretation of what brewing can achieve, Paradox sets out its stall from the beginning. Every few months we dial in a brew of our resonant imperial stout and then consign it to the timber embrace of a select group of different barrels. This latest iteration stands out for two particular reasons – firstly, it has taken on a classic American twist by being aged in Rye Whiskey casks, and secondly we have brought it into the twenty-first century by releasing it in cans.
Yes, we have welcomed the very particular paradox of launching one of our foundational beers in the very latest of formats. Paradox began life in Martin’s garage in 2006; the series can trace its lineage right back to the days before BrewDog even existed. And to celebrate a decade of Paradoxes we have decided to change things up with the packaging and encase this 15% ABV imperial stout in aluminium (and yet retain its link to history in the form of a box).
Paradox Rye dives deep into the flavour of the American frontier - the liquor that won the West is embedded in its DNA. The peppery spice and toasted oak ingrained within these incredible barrels has imbued our imperial stout with a stunning depth of both aroma and flavour. At the same time, the rye has yielded layers of espresso, molasses and chocolate liqueur and added the warmth of campfire whiskey.
Paradox Rye is live in our online shop right now and will be pouring from the taps of our UK Bars from 6pm tonight, Thursday 30th March. It is a beer that brings history crashing into the present – pick some up online or head to your nearest BrewDog bar and let us know in the comments below what you think! And if there are any other spirit barrels you’d love to see us give the Paradox treatment, leave us a note and see where it might lead…