Kentucky Ryed Chiquen
An amber ale brewed with rye malt and aged in bourbon barrels. Our first barrel aged beer here at Against the Grain was the Kentucky Ryed Chiquen. Named so because: 1. It was made in Kentucky. 2. It has a lot of Rye in it, and 3. It is not Chicken, and as we all know (or should know) Chiquen refers to anything that is not chicken. Now that we have all that straight, we will talk about what is in this beer. The Chiquen is brewed with American pale malts and rye malt and caramel rye from Germany, imparting a spicy, fruity and dry flavor, then hopped with enough Columbus and Saaz just to balance and fermented with our house ale yeast. After fermentation we moved the entire batch into bourbon barrels. There it aged for 5 weeks until we felt it had picked up the right amount of residual bourbon character and oak flavors. Drink up, Chiquen Head!