Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Sonoma County, California) has announced that its highly anticipated Drift Racer Hazy Double IPA will officially begin its first wide release during the week of October 15.
Riding in on the tail of Thru the Haze IPA’s recent successful release, Drift Racer emerges as a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale that “showcases some of the hottest new hop varieties including Galaxy, Hallertau Blanc and Huell Melon.” This hop combo works with the beer’s malt bill to produce “a juicy, fruit forward flavor profile and a smooth mouthfeel with just enough bitterness.” Meant to be equally appealing to “craft beer enthusiasts or newbies searching for a juicy soft malt mouthfeel beer, or those who prefer a less bitter ale,” Drift Racer (8% ABV, 70 IBUs) is here to serve as a universal “escape car into a tropical, full flavored and tasty adult beverage.”
“This beer is the culmination of years of working to make an unfiltered beer as clear as possible, and then turning that knowledge on its head. We’re proud to deliver an unfiltered ale with this much character. We’ve designed Drift Racer to have huge tropical impact, and because of this the haze comes through. Drift Racer will resonate with diehard and casual craft beer fans alike,” said Bear Republic’s Master Brewer Peter Kruger. “Looking for juicy? Look no further.”
Drift Racer Hazy Double IPA will officially enter distribution during the week of October 15 with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles and on draft. You can expect to find this Limited Release at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of Bear Republic’s distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for Drift Racer Hazy Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Release – Limited, mid-October 2018
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 70
Featured Hops – Galaxy, Hallertau Blanc & Huell Melon
Malts – 2-row, Pilsner & Wheat
Yeast – Barbarian
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “Label artwork of Drift Racer has been carefully brought to life by Brewmaster/COO Richard Norgrove Jr. (Bear Republic’s label artist since our inception), the label features a sketched image of Richard’s own race car, his beloved Nissan Datsun S30. The artwork pays homage to Japanese auto culture and challenges the race car drivers within all of us to explore new ways of driving and thinking. Enjoy the shifts of Drift Racer and what it embodies for Bear Republic’s Brewing team: a love and desire to go the distance.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Drift Racer should be enjoyed with traditional pub fare foods like hamburgers, wings, fries and maybe chicken & waffles.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker/