PENTICTON, BC – Tin Whistle Brewing has announced details of its latest seasonal beer, which was debuted last week during the 2016 edition of Victoria Beer Week.
Hands Up Oatmeal Raisin Red Ale is a 6.5% abv ale with the following description:
The official story around the brewery is that Tin Whistle master-brewer extraordinaire Jeff Todd was at home one Friday night. Todd was enjoying an oatmeal raisin cookie while enjoying a snap of Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, which he was washing down with a Tin Whistle Ale. He was trying to play with his dog and realized that he needed more hands. That is when the concept for the Hands Up Oatmeal Raisin Red Ale was born. The idea was that he wanted all of that goodness in only one single bottle, thus freeing up his hands.
He started right away and this new legendary beer was created. The red ale which is brewed with oatmeal, raisins, black-strap molasses and spices perfectly emulates an oatmeal raisin cookie. Todd goes onto explain, “The ale has raisins and plums on the nose, a great mouth-feel thanks to the oats. It is slightly sweet with more raisins and a little toffee up front, but then finishes with sticky and dark molasses and just a slight bitterness.”
The name and label for Hands Up are inspired by the legend of Billy Miner, a train robber in the early 1900s who is rumoured to be the originator of the “Hands up!” phrase used by bandits and robbers even today.
Hands Up Oatmeal Raisin Red Ale is available now at select liquor stores in British Columbia, and the Tin Whistle Brewery tasting room and retail store in Penticton.