Iron Fist Brewing Continues Small Batch Series with July Release of Catalina’s Revenge APA

IronFistLogoIron Fist Brewing Company (Vista, California) has officially announced that Catalina’s Revenge, a West Coast-style American Pale Ale, will surface on July 12 as the brewery’s sixth Small Batch Experiment release of 2019.

Designed to be Iron Fist’s “homage to a California classic”, Catalina’s Revenge is a West Coast Pale Ale “brewed with crystal dark malts, Magnum for bittering and Citra for aroma and whirlpool.” To fully embrace that OG West Coast-style, this Pale Ale was “brewed using the traditional infusion method” and “was not dry hopped.” Still “hop-forward” by nature, Catalina’s Revenge (6.9% ABV, 45 IBUs) sources an enhanced hop aroma through several additions of Citra hops at “different intervals” while the beer’s “bitterness [is] balanced with malty caramel undertones.”

“It really goes to bat for team Pale Ale rather than team IPA.” says Tom Garcia, Brewmaster at Iron Fist Brewing Company. “A great summer beer and it was a great opportunity to use Citra Hops in a slightly malty beer to create a unique flavor profile. Sometimes you just need to make beer flavored beer. Straight to the point, hops, water, barley, yeast. We are very excited to make a classic pale ale with a few new interpretations. Cheers to real beer.”

Catalina’s Revenge will officially debut on Friday, July 12 in Iron Fist Brewing Company’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms.  This Limited Release offering will be available in limited-edition 12 oz. cans and on draft. Like all Small Batch Experiments, Catalina’s Revenge is a taproom exclusive that will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Catalina’s Revenge from Iron Fist Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Small Batch Experiments Series; July 2019
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 6.9%
IBUs – 45
Hops – Magnum & Citra
Fun Fact – On the Small Batch Experiments Series: “This category serves as the brewer’s experimental playground; a space that allows the brewmaster to test out new techniques and flavor combinations that continue to push boundaries and get a little weird. With a new beer released monthly, each will be available exclusively in limited release draft exclusively at Iron Fist Taprooms, Petco and selected events with a limited release of 500 cans for take away customers.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Available exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms

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Iron Fist Brewing Launches Seasonal Series with That Summer Feeling

IronFistLogoIron Fist Brewing Company (Vista, California) has officially announced that it will kick off a new line of taproom only Seasonal offerings with the release of That Summer Feeling – Hazy Wheat Ale on Friday, June 21.

Developed to make you “forget any preconceptions of wheat beer and open up your mind [to] something refreshingly different”, That Summer Feeling is a “true hybrid” that combines the Hazy Pale Ale and American Wheat Beer styles. Brewed with “massive amounts of Galaxy hops and a touch of Amarillo”, this Hazy Wheat Ale is “big on dank hop and tropical fruit flavors” that include “pineapple, stone-fruits and mango followed by a light floral finish.”  Coming in at 5.4% ABV and 75 IBUs, That Summer Feeling is “a refreshing breeze taking the edge off that summer heat.”

“We didn’t want to just brew another American Wheat Beer… we wanted to make something different, so we kept the haze and decided to turn the bitterness up to 11. Most breweries make this hybrid beer at a medium to low IBU range – think 35. We balanced the beer with a 75 IBUs to give it a unique punch. We put the equivalent of bitter tropical sunshine in a pint.”

 

– Tom Garcia, Brewmaster at Iron Fist Brewing

That Summer Feeling is set to debut on June 21 and is scheduled to hang around for three months.  This new Seasonal Release will be available exclusively on draft “at Iron Fist Taprooms, Petco and selected events.”  Prost!

Vital Information for That Summer Feeling from Iron Fist Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal; launching June 21, 2019
Style – Hybrid Ale combining Hazy Pale Ale with American Wheat Beer
ABV – 5.4%
IBUs – 75
Featured Hops – Galaxy & Amarillo
Fun Fact – On the Hazy Wheat Ale style: “In comparison to Continental Wheat beers the Hazy Wheat Ale features a clean yeast profile without the notes of clove and banana commonly associated with Weissbier or Hefeweizen. Undoubtedly a true American style That Summer Feeling Hazy Wheat Ale is a clever match of simple and complex flavors, guaranteed to be a pleaser to fans of a tropical, bitter, hazy beer.”
Availability – Draft only
Distribution – None. Taproom only release

 

 

Celeste Saison Next Up in Iron Fist Brewing’s Small Batch Series

Celeste_Press_Can_01Iron Fist Brewing Company (Vista, California) has officially announced that Celeste Saison will arrive in June as the fifth release in its series of 2019 Small Batch Experiments.

Meticulously crafted ” using traditional Belgian methods, with a touch of celestial magic and perfected for the California sunshine”, Celeste is a Belgian-style Saison that “balances malty and tart notes with aromas of citrus, light clove, banana, and a hint of bubble gum.”  Light in body with a “lively carbonation” and a “crisp, dry finish”, Celeste (5% ABV) is a “deeply refreshing” summertime brew that highlights bright notes of “lemon and white pepper.”

“We brewed Celeste as a Belgian style Saison in anticipation for Summer and all the good times that follow. After the primary fermentation, we let Celeste free rise (warm up) to 78F. This process allows more complex flavors to develop and mature. We used a great deal of patience to allow Celeste to rise up to her full potential. Our secret ingredient, time. Most Saisons will ferment 95% in the 1st week; however, the last 5% takes the watchful eye of a brewer anticipating the beer’s full potential. We’re super pleased with the results and can guarantee you, Celeste was worth the wait!”

 

– Tom Garcia, Iron Fist Brewmaster

Celeste began pouring on draft on May 31 and a limited-edition run of 500 12 oz. cans will follow shortly after that date.  This Small Batch offering will be available exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms.  Outside of special events, Celeste is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Celeste Saison from Iron Fist Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Small Batch Experiments Series; June 2019
Style – Saison
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 15
Fun Fact – On the history of the Saison style: “Recalling history, the Saison style of beer dates back to the 1700’s. As part of the Farmhouse Ale category, and because of their historically long shelf life, these beers were originally brewed in Winter so they were ready to quench the thirst of les saisonniers (seasonal laborers), who would be toiling under the hot sun come harvest time. Typically varying from region to region, the Saison is meant to truly embrace the local climate and native ingredients.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Available exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms

Iron Fist Brewing Enters May with Small Batch Release of Sol del Barrio Mexican Lager

SDB_Press_Image_01Iron Fist Brewing Company (Vista, California) has officially announced that it will recognize Cinco de Mayo with the fourth release in its Small Batch Experiments Series, Sol del Barrio Mexican Lager.

Inspired by a Tom Garcia’s – Brewmaster at Iron Fist – recent “beer exploration trip to Tijuana, Mexico”, Sol del Barrio is a Mexican-style Lager that takes its “cue from [Mexico’s] European side of influence . . . and casts aside any preconceptions of a pale liquid and slice of lime.”  To prove that it is “truly a testament to the diversity of Mexican Lagers”, Sol del Barrio (5.5% ABV) “pours clear and copper with a touch of red hue” and offers its drinker “a touch of malty sweetness, followed by a pleasant breadyness and a low bitter finish with Nobel hop overtones.”

“Mexican Lagers all really had such variation. The color, the flavor, it seemed there were lots of perspectives and strands forming the idea of Mexican Lager. We could get beers ranging from pale straw to deep amber in color with flavor profiles ranging from a classic pilsner to a bold, malty full bodied lager.

 

Family, friends, food, and a few delicious Mexican Lagers meant all was well in the world. I can still remember eating Nopales (cactus) and fish tacos, something I try to replicate as often as possible at home in California. Our Mexican lager is basically a tribute to the beautiful beers being made just south of the border. I’m very excited to have brewed a 12oz vacation! Now all I need is a plate of tacos.”

 

– Tom Garcia, Brewmaster at Iron Fist Brewing Company, reflecting on his trip Tijuana, Mexico and the inspiration behind Sol del Barrio

A sneak peek of Sol del Barrio will take place at the Padres Beerfest at Petco Park on May 3. The official draft release of Sol del Barrio will begin on Saturday, May 4 and a limited-edition run of 500 12 oz. cans “will be announced shortly thereafter, via Iron Fist’s social media channels.” This Small Batch offering will be available “exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms, with a small amount pouring at the Iron Fist SuperCart at Petco Park.” Prost!

Vital Information for Sol del Barrio from Iron Fist Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Small Batch Experiments Series, May 2019
Style – Mexican-style Lager
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 22
Fun Fact – On the brewing history of Mexico: “After the Mexican War of Independence ended in 1821, German and Austrian immigrants, then from the Austro-Hungarian Empire allegedly began emigrating in droves to what is today Texas, but was then Mexico, bringing with them a rich old European tradition of brewing, unknown to Mexico. While the history of Mexican Lager has meandered since, this older European influence brought with it techniques that still survive in small, independent amounts today.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Available exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms

 

Hazy Hippie Trail IPA Slated to be Iron Fist Brewing’s April Small Batch Release

03.14_HHT_Press_Image_01Iron Fist Brewing Company (Vista, California) has officially announced that Hazy Hippie Trail Hazy IPA will officially release on April 5 as installment No. 3 in the brewery’s series of Small Batch Experiments.

Acting as Iron Fist’s “entry into the much loved world of hazy brews”, Hazy Hippie Trail is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale “brewed with absurd amounts of Citra and Amarillo hops.” This hop bill produces an “aroma of citrus, floral hops, and pineapple juice” and “big, bold flavors of herbal dank hop flowers, bitter melon rind and stone-fruit.” Despite weighing in at 6.5% ABV, Hazy Hippie Trail remains “highly drinkable” and is “rounded by a full body and moderate bitterness.”

“Hazy IPAs feel almost fad-like in the market right now, so as with all fads we thought it better to relax a little and wait to jump on the bandwagon. We wanted to develop something that represented how we brew rather than being first to the market. The vision here was to brew a quality Hazy beer. The theory with Haze is that protein and yeast haze will hold on to the hop flavors and release them with a bang; mouth feel is increased, and the drinker has a full bodied hop experience. Though, the problem with this approach is that it can allow the Hop/Haze to cover up bad brewing techniques. In the case of HHT, we made a moderately hazy beer that gets most of its haze from protein (AKA chill haze). We chose a yeast that would settle out and leave room for the massive amount of hops we used and then un-muddled the beer of yeast, creating a deliciously clean Hazy profile. Kind of sophisticated Hippie, I guess. The ultimate chill-out beer.”

– Tom Garcia, Brewmaster at Iron Fist Brewing Company

A sneak peek of Hazy Hippie Trail will take place at Petco Park during Padres Opening Day on March 28.  The official draft release of Hazy Hippie Trail will begin on April 5 and a limited-edition run of 500 cans (12 oz.) “will be announced shortly thereafter, via Iron Fist’s social media channels.”  This Small Batch offering will be available “exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms, with a small amount pouring at the Iron Fist SuperCart at Petco Park.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Hazy Hippie Trail from Iron Fist Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Small Batch Experiments Series; April 5, 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 60
Featured Hops – Citra & Amarillo
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Available exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms

Fresh Perspective IPL Emerges From Iron Fist Brewing’s Small Batch Program

IronFistFPIPLzoomIron Fist Brewing Company (Vista, California) has announced that Fresh Perspective IPL has officially released as the brewery’s first Small Batch offering of the year.

Serving as a launching point for Iron Fist’s new brewing strategy in 2019, Fresh Perspective is an India Pale Lager that is “light straw in color with classic pilsner overtones and a floral bouquet.” Anyone lucky enough to get their hands on a pour of this small batch brew can expect an experience boasting “notes of herbal spice, earth, lemon, and a touch of honey on the finish.”  Fresh Perspective IPL clocks in at 6.5% ABV and 40 IBUs.

The release of Fresh Perspective IPL “marks the start of the Iron Fist’s new brewing strategy, which is focused highly on short-run tap room exclusives.”  Meant to be “an experimental brewing playground” for the crew at Iron Fist, these Small Batch brews will be released on a monthly basis with availability on draft and in a limited run of cans (500).

“We’re really excited to have introduced a new structure to our brewing that allows us to continuously push the boat out and try new things on a monthly basis.”

 

– Tom Garcia, Brewmaster at Iron Fist Brewing Company

Fresh Perspective IPL is available on draft now in both Iron Fist Tap Room locations – Brewery & Tap Room in Vista, California | Barrio Logan Tap Room in San Diego, California – and a limited run of 500 cans will release during the week of February 25.  Like all Small Batch releases from Iron Fist, Fresh Perspective IPL is a tap room exclusive that will not see distribution.  Prost!