With a name like Infinite Velocity Spirit Hound Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, it’s easy to understand why this beer was worthy of its very own release party this week. Just this last Thursday Feb. 9th, West Flanders Brewing Co. and Spirit Hound Distilleries released their unique, limited time stout at West Flanders’ brewpub on Pearl Street. The event was even complete with pan-fried frog legs from chef Chris Cunningham and live music by the Thursday Night Pickers.

Spirit Hound, the partner that helped bring us this brew, is located just north in Lyons. The owners of the distillery were brought together by a desire to make a Colorado-born malt whiskey but they also offer house-made gin, vodka, coffee liqueur, and moonshine in their tap-house.

If you weren’t able to make it to the release party, not to fear. West Flanders will continue serving this specialty beer until its kegs are completely tapped, which is great news because you do not want to miss it. We seem to be having a warm February so it is refreshing that this particular stout does not demand freezing temperatures to be enjoyed. Infinite Velocity lives up to the Imperial Stout name with a high ABV and deep mahogany color. The flavor afforded by aging in Spirit Hound bourbon barrels is rich and hints at an acidity reminiscent of red wine. A smokey finish rounds out the flavor profile for a satisfying savor. Priced at $10 for a 10oz pour, the investment is worth relishing every sip. Just remember, if you indulge in more than one glass, take care not to drive.

Should you find your stomach growling while you imbibe, I recommend pairing the Infinite Velocity with the Macmeister mac and cheese with house bacon-onion jam. The addition of the sweet and savory jam brings out the smokiness of the stout while the Hoffmeister Pilsner mixed into the cheese combination maintains a consistent backbone for the meal.

 

Cheers!