Summer’s just around the corner and American craft brewers are addressing the changing seasons with ambitious new offerings you might want to chase down…
Imperialism (Portland, OR) – Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), the first B Corp brewery in the Pacific Northwest, has a new addition to prestigious line of imperial offerings as part of its Ace Series of big-time IPAs. Melding New England instincts with a bitter West Coast IPA finish, HUB Ace of Hearts is an 8.5% ABV Imperial India Pale Ale that deftly showcases what’s best about both styles.
Hoptic Visions (St Louis, MO) – Schlafly Beer, the original craft brewery in the city best known for Budweiser, has a new addition to its smart line of offerings that’s exclusive to Schlafly’s Hoptic Visions Sampler Pack. Light, juicy, yet insanely hop-forward, Schlafly Low Cal IPA is a 4% ABV India Pale Ale with only 110 calories.
Inspired Brewing (Orange County, CA) – The Bruery is returning a popular summer seasonal that was inspired the Mexican horchata, a traditionally a creamy rice-based drink that is sweetened with vanilla and cinnamon. The Bruery’s Or Xata (pronounced or-chah-tah) is a 7.2% ABV Blonde Ale brewed with a heavy dosing of rice, cinnamon and vanilla along with lactose for a little extra creamy character.
A Hazy Hit (Frederick, MD) – Flying Dog is adding to its already deep lineup of IPAs with a new limited-release that takes hazy to an impressive new level. Unapologetically hop-forward and bursting with intense fruit flavors and aromas, Flying Dog Kulture King Imperial Hazy is a 10% ABV India Pale Ale with the kind of mouthfeel that you’d normally associate with lower octane beers.
“Over 95% of the hops in Kulture King are added after the boil,” said Flying Dog’s Brewmaster, Ben Clark. “Moving the hopping to the whirlpool greatly limits the bitterness and greatly increases the aroma and flavor, creating the perfectly hazy IPA profile.”
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