In honor of The Whiskey Shambles’ win at the Northeast Ohio Blues Association (NEOBA) Challenge — which qualifies us to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2015 — we’ve worked with Rivertown Brewing Company to create “Shambling Southward – Dubbel Barrel Blues,” a Belgian Dubbel aged with brandy-infused wood chips.
Shambling Southward will be tapped at 6:00pm at a special event on January 16, 2015, at the Rivertown Brewery taproom, with a performance by The Shambles starting at 7:00pm.
The Whiskey Shambles Beer Tapping: Shamble On – Dubbel Barrel Blues
ADMISSION: FREE SHOW, OPEN TO PUBLIC (21 & Over)
LIVE MUSIC BY: The Whiskey Shambles
DATE: Friday, January 16, 2014
TIME: Doors 5:00pm, Tapping 6:00pm, Music 7:00pm
VENUE: Rivertown Brewing Company
ADDRESS: 607 Shepherd Drive, Lockland, OH 45215
RSVP: Facebook Event
We started talking with Rivertown this summer about brewing a special beer to celebrate our trip to Memphis, working with them to develop an interesting brew that our fans — and craft beer fans — will love. After much discussion, we all agreed that this recipe captures the band’s unique sound and spirit in liquid form.
Rivertown Brewing Company, which has recently begun a transition to focusing on wilder varieties of beer (with an emphasis on Belgian and sour styles), has been experimenting with small batch recipes — exploring ideas from the brewery’s staff, not just the brewers. Their DIY attitude and spirit of exploration really spoke to us. Rivertown was the perfect brewery for The Shambles to partner with.
The recipe for Shambling Southward was developed by pilot brewer Rob Westendorf — the mind behind Rivertown’s very popular Jenneke Belgian Blond Ale, which has moved from a seasonal release to a year-round offering. Rob and his wife Roxanne (Rivertown’s Beer Evangelist) collaborated with Brother James — the band’s resident beer geek — for several months to come up with the idea for a brew that could represent The Shambles and our music.
Roxanne and Rob adding Belgian Ardennes yeast to the brew
Roxanne explains this unique beer: The Belgian Trappist Monks know how to brew very special beers. We took their genius of the Dubbel and added brandy-soaked wood chips to the secondary fermentation stage, to make a beer that is inviting, but as bold as The Whiskey Shambles.
We’ve always described The Shambles sound as a loud, belligerent style of demonic hill-stomp blues that almost . . . but not quite . . . betrays an air of subtle sophistication lingering just around the edges. This brew combines an exciting wallop from the brandy with the gentler refinement of the Belgian style, making it a perfect pairing with the band: a blast of what we’re calling, “Dubbel Barrel Blues.”
Beer Geek info
Brewer: Rob Westendorf
Asst. Brewer: Roxanne Westendorf
Brew Lackey: Brother James
Recipe: Rob Westendorf
Type: All Grain
Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage
Ingredients: German Pilsner 2-row malt, German wheat malt, Special B malt, Aromatic malt, Caravienne malt, corn sugar, Perle hops, Belgian Ardennes yeast. Brandy-infused wood chips added to the secondary fermentation stage.
Measured Original Gravity:
Measured Final Gravity:
Color: 15.4 SRM
Bitterness: 23.8 IBUs
Estimated Alcohol by Volume: 7.8 – 8.2%
Recent press about the beer / event
Akron Beacon Journal – Cincinnati blues band teams up with Rivertown Brewing
Cincinnati Business Courier – Rivertown partners with Cincinnati band on bluesy brew
CincyGroove – Rivertown Brewing & Whiskey Shambles Release Limited Edition Beer
Hoperatives – Shambles Beer Tapping at Rivertown Brewing
CincyMusic – The Whiskey Shambles Beer Tapping
CityBeat – Cincinnati Blues Hits the Road