Harpoon Brewery Teams With WhistlePig Rye Whiskey For Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter

A 9.5% ABV beer to warm up winter nights.
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Harpoon Brewery is reviving a Baltic Porter beer they last made in 2012 for a limited edition run, this time with the help of their Vermont neighbors at WhistlePig rye whiskey distillery.

WhistlePig, as many whiskey aficionados likely know, is a top-shelf rye maker formerly steered by master distiller Dave Pickerling, who created Metallica's "Blackened" whiskey before his passing in 2018.

The latest batch of 9.5 percent ABV Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter is rested in select WhistlePig barrels, giving this year's run a rye-like spice with hints of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, dried fruit, oak and vanilla. 

“Harpoon Brewery is well-known across New England, but our relationship stems from their proximity to our distillery with their Vermont location,” said Pete Lynch, Master Blender at WhistlePig in a statement announcing the cold-weather brew. “We were excited about the opportunity to bring wintery warmth to this popular brew in a way that only our unique rye whiskey barrels can.”

The Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter is exclusively available in 22-ounce wax-dipped bottles for $14 per bottle, and can be located via the Harpoon Beer finder here. You can also order it on draft starting this month at Harpoon Brewery’s Boston and Vermont locations.