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Good Friday For A Hardywood Manhattan Cru Pin Tapping At Heritage

Remember these couple of Instagrams from a few weeks ago?

This was¬†an exciting project¬†from an idea that started to take shape just before Hardywood’s Bourbon Cru release. ¬†The idea seemed simple; transform Bourbon Cru to taste like a Manhattan. No big deal right? Just add some vermouth and bitters then call it day? Too easy. ¬†Early on, I consulted John Maher, now of Rogue Gentlemen, on how to get the vermouth flavors¬†without actually adding vermouth. ¬†He was able to point me towards using red wine, oranges and a combination of spices but we were too late. ¬†2013 Bourbon Cru was already packaged making it too late to do any sort of cask.

Needless to say, the gang at Hardywood were thrilled with the idea behind¬†this pin. ¬†So off to work I went again. ¬†This time though I consulted the man who’s bar I have dined at on numerous occasions — Mattias Hagglund of Heritage. ¬†One email from Mattias sent me on a whirlwind idea of making sweet vermouth from scratch just to use for this cask. ¬†This was looking to get very expensive. ¬†Thankfully, Mattias suggested using Cardamaro, a wine based digestif, otherwise we might¬†have missed our chance. ¬†Luckily, I had just bought some blood oranges. ¬†Last¬†thing I needed¬†was something to absorb the flavors of the amaro — wood and some dried fruit. ¬†But what kind of¬†wood? Oak would have been an obvious choice but I¬†figured it would be use something different than what the beer was aged in. ¬†The wood and dried fruit would end up being the same flavor, cherry! ¬†Most of the dried cherries in stores are of the tart variety, a flavor I did not want added. ¬†Luckily, Trader Joe’s carried the dark sweet cherries I was looking for. ¬†Once selected, I combined the ingredients in a jar then poured in the Cardamaro and letting the ingredients soak¬†for about a week until the cherries were noticeable plump. ¬†After that, it was off to Hardywood for addition to a pin.

That was a long explanation to tell you how this idea came about.  Here is all you need to remember.  This pin will be tapped Friday April 18th at 5:30pm at Heritage.  Come join me and taste the fruit of our labor.

Oh and¬†this not the only idea I have for Hardywood cask beer. ¬†The only clue will give you is a drink from Heritage’s menu — Bramble!

Head over to the Facebook event for more details and updates. ¬†This will be a nice lead in to Saturday’s Bourbon Cru release.

1627 W Main St
Richmond, VA 23220

Who knows maybe I will get the chance to make some cask beers with other breweries in town in the future.