Bent Brewstillery released their newest spirit, Stormbringer, on Halloween. It’s filtering out to retail locations this week.
“I wanted something drinkable by itself,” says Bartley Blume of the spiced rum, “something with the right amount of sweetness to balance the burn.”
Stormbringer relies a simple spice blend—orange, ginger, cinnamon, and honey. The aroma features a ton of warm citrus notes, and the body has a distinct maltiness from the barrel aging. The spirit is yet one more link in the ever-revolving Bent barrel carousel. Try to follow along:
- Stormbringer was aged in barrels that previously held Bent’s 2015 Dark Fatha Imperial Stout.
- 2016 Dark Fatha is also in stores now, and was partially aged in barrels that held Stormbringer.
- There’s also a grape brandy, targeting a 2018 release, aging in Stormbringer barrels.
- A separate batch of Stormbringer is aging in the barrel that was used to ferment jalapeños for Isabel Street Heat’s Sriracha (which was itself previously used to age Dark Fatha). That extra-spicy rum will be released sometime around April 2017.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using our barrels between the brewery and distillery,” Blume says, adding a pro-tip: try a Boilermaker with a shot of Stormbringer in a pint of Dark Fatha.
Other distillery happenings on the horizon for Bent:
A super-limited release (less than 20 gallons) of grappa was made with cold-hardy grapes from Saint Croix Vineyards, fermented with the ambient yeast left on the grape skins.
Blume hopes to release two “cello” liqueurs—grapefruit-basil and cherry-vanilla—by the end of the year.
There’s still single malt whiskey aging in at Bent’s Roseville distillery with no current timetable for release.