Brewmaster Garrett Oliver certainly loves beer best, but many good things provide inspiration. In this case, it was the realm of traditional cocktails. So Garrett decided to conjure up something unique with his friend David Wondrich, America’s top cocktail expert and winner of the 2008 James Beard Foundation Book Award. A few years back, David introduced Garrett to the classical version of the Manhattan, made not with bourbon but with rye whiskey, red vermouth and bitters. It quickly became Garrett’s favorite cocktail, and it spawned an idea. A robust rye beer, partially aged in Rittenhouse 100-proof Bonded Rye barrels from the Heaven Hill Distilleries, andtthen infused with the herbs and spices that flavor red vermouth and bitters. Then a dash of tart cherry, and the result is THE MANHATTAN PROJECT, a tasty new beer showing echoes of New York's most famous cocktail, the Manhattan. It is great as an aperitif, but also with game dishes, especially duck.
Style: Barrel-aged rye ale with botanicals and tart cherry
Malts: Malted Rye, Crystal Rye, Canadian 2-row, Glen Eagles Maris Otter
Additions: Caramel syrup, candi sugar, organic cherry juice, bitter orange peel, sweet orange peel, lemon peel, gentian root, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, and cloves
Yeast: Our House Ale Yeast
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Food Pairings: Game meats, duck, bold cheeses, and debates.