Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially announced that it is getting into the low-calorie beer game by introducing Fastpack IPA, a new Year-Round offering, in March 2021.
Crafted with “the outdoor enthusiast in mind,” Fastpack IPA is a Session India Pale Ale that boasts a “generous addition of Cashmere hops – alongside Simcoe and Chinook,” Coming in at just 99 calories and 4% ABV, Fastpack IPA “offers a fruit cocktail of citrus, peach and other stone fruits with lively hints of white wine.”
“With Fastpack, we wanted to address a gap in our portfolio while also appealing to an emerging segment of beer drinkers,” said Sales & Marketing Director, Kirk Simpson. “However, we knew this beer had to meet the high bar we’ve set for Great Divide hop-forward offerings such as Hazy IPA, Car Camper Hazy Pale Ale and Titan IPA. Fastpack IPA is an India Pale Ale first and foremost. That it also happens to be low-cal and low-ABV speaks to the ingenuity of our brewing team.”
“Session and low-cal beers have always had a bit of a stigma against them,” explained Innovation Brewer, Tony Rau. “They typically can be watery or have a very thin mouthfeel. By changing the base of the recipe to include some more protein heavy malts, it has allowed us to find a middle ground of maintaining a full mouthfeel while keeping the calories and carbs down. At the end of the day, we made a low-cal IPA that drinks like a normal IPA, just with fewer calories and less guilt!”
Fastpack IPA debuted in early March 2021 with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-focused establishments located in Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Fastpack IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Release – Year-Round; launching March 2021
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 4%
Calories – 99
Featured Hops – Cashmere, Simcoe & Chinook
Fun Fact – “Fastpack IPA draws its name from the activity that combines long-distance trail running and ultralight backpacking. The packaging is eye-catching, capturing a fastpacker in mid-adventure.”
Suggested Pairings – “Grilled lamb burger; thai green curry; roasted zucchini & pesto; cabot sharp cheddar; carrot cake”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/