The Black Abbey Brewing Company announced today that it will release a specialty beer brewed as a collaboration with Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Nashville’s Black Abbey Brewing has been selected as one of 16 breweries in the United States to participate in Jameson’s “Drinking Buddies” program. Inspired by the creation of Jameson Caskmates, which was the end result of a collaboration with local Irish craft brewery, Jameson worked with each of the US brewers to create limited-edition beers featuring hints of its beloved whiskey. Jameson provided each brewer with Jameson barrels to age their craft beer for a select period of time. Each brewery in the program has produced a limited edition beer, available only in their local market.

The Black Abbey beer, a Belgian-style Dubbel, is called “Lorica Special”. The beer is named for one of St. Patrick’s most well known prayers. Lorica Special is rich and malty with a delicate vanilla and oak finish.

“We could not be more excited to be working with the folks at Jameson,” Brewery co-founder Carl Meier stated. “We are honored to be included in such a prestigious group of breweries.”

Some other brewers participating in the Drinking Buddies program are Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Green Flash Brewing Company from San Diego and Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing.

The Black Abbey Brewing Company will launch Lorica Special at their brewery taproom, called Fellowship Hall, on October 17th at 3:30pm and will host special tasting and whiskey-pairing events throughout the Nashville area in the coming weeks.

“Barrel-aging beer has been an important part of The Black Abbey brewing culture since we began,” says Meier. “It is an honor to work with one of the worlds most well-known whiskey producers. We are confident you are going to enjoy what we have created together.”


The Black Abbey Brewing Company was founded in 2011 by Carl E. Meier, John Owen and Mike Edgeworth. Inspired by Martin Luther, father of the protestant reformation, The Black Abbey Brewing Company brews Belgian-inspired ales in Nashville, Tennessee. These ales are creative, accessible and unique; relying on 600 years of brewing tradition, starting with styles that Martin Luther himself might have enjoyed.