Photo by Scott Preston
In honor of The Whiskey Shambles‘ win at the Northeast Ohio Blues Association (NEOBA) Challenge, which qualifies them to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2015, the band has worked with Cincinnati’s Rivertown Brewing Company to create “Shambling Southward – Dubble Barrel Blues,” a Belgian Dubbel aged with brandy-infused wood chips.
“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,” said Shambles bassist Brother James. “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,” explains Shambles frontman Nathan Singer. “Rivertown was the perfect brewery for The Shambles to partner with.”
The beer will be tapped at a special event on January 16, 2015, at the Rivertown Brewery Taproom, with a performance by The Whiskey Shambles starting at 7:00pm.
BEER: Shambling Southward – Dubbel Barrel Blues
ADMISSION: FREE SHOW, OPEN TO PUBLIC (21 & Over)
LIVE MUSIC BY:
The Whiskey Shambles – http://whiskeyshambles.com
DATE: Friday, January 16, 2014
TIME: Doors 5:00pm, Tapping 6:00pm, Music 7:00pm
VENUE: Rivertown Brewing Company – http://rivertownbrewery.com
ADDRESS: 607 Shepherd Drive, Lockland, OH 45215Rivertown Beer Evangelist (and co-developer of the recipe) Roxanne Westendorf, explained this unique beer: “The Belgian Trappist Monks know how to brew very special beers. We took their genius of the Belgian Dubbel and added brandy-soaked wood chips to the secondary fermentation stage, to blend with this style and make a beer that is as spicy 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,” Brother James clarifies. “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’.”