Going Down: A trio of Pappy Van Winkle Beers

May 9, 2014

TAPS Remy’s Pappy featured on DraftMag.com

For bourbon geeks, the name Pappy Van Winkle inspires the same reaction that Pliny the Younger does for beer nerds: insanity. After all, the wheat-based bourbon shares a lot in common with craft beer’s white whales: It holds a world-class rating (the Beverage Tasting Institute gave the 20-year-old version 99 points), and it’s extremely rare, with a mere 7,000 cases released each fall. While it’s unlikely you’ll ever nab a bottle of Pappy 20- or 23-year-old—unless you’re willing to part with a few grand on the online black market—there’s still a chance to taste the coveted stuff. A few enterprising craft brewers are calling in favors to score Pappy barrels for beer aging, resulting in Pappy-laced brews with hints of the real thing. For our May/June issue we scored these three, headed for a slumber in DRAFT’s cellar to smooth out the sip…