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Green Hat Distilled Gin

Eau de Brau Limited Release Extravaganza

This whole thing dates back to 3 years ago, when we got a surprise phone call about a bunch of short-filled cans that, well, would have been a shame to let go to waste. We hastily made time in our schedule and then spent hours opening cans (in John’s case, with a cleaver), distilling that beer into a few (truly too few) precious gallons of spirit.

This year’s (2017) batch has been aging in a whiskey barrel for a WHOLE YEAR! We usually time our Eau de Brau release to coincide with DC Beer Week, but we honestly wanted it to age for an entire year to create something really special.

This isn’t a traditional white whiskey–for one, it’s got hops in it (lots of hops–thanks Public and Corruption!), so we can’t call it whiskey even if we wanted to. The other reason is that we distilled it like an Eau de Vie, with a single pass through the pot and one column, to preserve the delicate beer flavors in a way that often gets lost in a white whiskey type spirit. The name, Eau de Brau, came naturally as the proper signifier of what was inside.

The spirit itself is really cool. It’s got a distinct hoppiness on the nose, but the palate is dominated by crystal malt flavors and a bit of grainy hop notes. The best way to express what it’s like to drink this is to say that it tastes like the wort the beer was made from–the essence of the beer itself. We tend to drink it by itself as a digestif, like you would an eau de vie, but it works well in whiskey cocktails or with ice and an orange twist.

We only made a few hundred half-bottles. Bottles will go on sale at 1pm (12/9) and of course you’ll have the opportunity to taste the spirit beforehand if you’d like. Because of the size of the project, retail distribution will be pretty limited, as well.