Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, Oregon) has officially announced that Stratascope IPA has arrived to serve as the brewery’s new Spring/Summer 2021 Seasonal Release.
Originally developed on Ninkasi’s “innovative small-batch system in February 2020 and then scaled up to production levels for this release,” Stratascope IPA is an American India Pale Ale that “strongly features the Strata hop.” Coming in at 6.4% ABV and 49 IBUs, Stratascope IPA allows “Strata’s hop character of stone fruits like apricot and peach [to] dance with passionfruit and grapefruit atop a light dank platform to create a powerful geometry that’s ready to dazzle from within.”
“Our pilot brewing system has allowed us to innovate in new ways,” said Director of Brewing Operations Dr. Daniel Sharp. “It’s fun to experiment with these new hops to create some delicious new beers with the complex aroma and flavor profiles they emit.”
Stratascope IPA is rolling out now and will hang around through the months of spring and summer 2021. You can expect to find this new Seasonal available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 19.2 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Oregon and throughout the rest of Ninkasi’s distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for Stratascope IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Release – Seasonal; launching late April 2021
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 49
Featured Hops – Strata
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 19.2 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon & Washington
Beer Finder – https://ninkasibrewing.com/beer-finder/
Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will release the 2020 installment of its Collaboration 12-pack, a Limited Release mixed pack that includes beers brewed with Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, Oregon), Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) and New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado), in mid-January.
The annually released Hi-Wire Brewing Collaboration 12-Pack (a.k.a. the Spray Paint Collaboration 12-Pack) never disappoints and is always highly sought-after, but this year’s has gone next level by featuring the following three offerings brewed with true legends in the craft beer industry (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):
- Almost West IPA | Collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing Company – Let it be known that Ninkasi Brewing Company is one of the best IPA producers in the country, period. Together with the hop wizards themselves, Hi-Wire Brewing sought to blur the line between Northwest and Northeast IPAs by blending a higher bitterness and balanced malt character with the experience of a hazy IPA. Almost West IPA (6.8% ABV), dry-hopped with Citra, BRU-1, Amarillo, and Zappa supported by Imperial’s “Juice” Organic Yeast, was born from this blending of worlds. Spritely tangerine citrus peel, lemon-lime, tart passion fruit, peach flesh, and sweet cherry are just a few characteristics present in this kaleidoscope of hop goodness.
- Intercontinental Contemporary Pilsner | Collaboration with Cigar City Brewing – The famed Cigar City Brewing made the trip up to Asheville next, but the beer-centric journey did not stop there. A shared love of lagers and pilsners was the bottom line in their partnership with Hi-Wire and the resulting carbonated passport. Intercontinental Contemporary Pilsner (5% ABV) brings together hops from around the globe – South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. – then melds them with North Carolina-grown heirloom corn and German malt. A subtly toasted cornbread character and creamy mouthfeel from the malt and Jimmy Red Corn tie together the aromas of tropical fruit, guava, and honeydew from whirlpool hop additions.
- Belgian Stout | Collaboration with New Belgium Brewing – If the name does not give it away, New Belgium Brewing was founded on traditional Belgian ales, and Hi-Wire Brewing teamed up with their brewers to pay homage to that classic style. Belgian Stout (7% ABV) is not a bold and roasty American-style stout simply brewed with Belgian yeast. The recipe was designed as a proper nod to the Belgian-style, and it all started with the grain bill. Briess’ Midnight Wheat and Epiphany Craft Malt’s Brewer’s Breakfast Malt lend a subtle grain body while Ruby Malt also from the North Carolina-based Epiphany provides notes of plum, fig, and dark fruit. Additions of orange to the base create a classy ale reminiscent of a chocolate orange while star anise adds a whiff of botanical liqueur and soft licorice. Imperial’s Napoleon Belgian Yeast’s high attenuation leaves this beer extremely dry allowing for a pleasant orange twang mixed with smoky cloves on the finish.
**The Collaboration 12-pack will include four 12 oz. cans of each of the beers listed above.**
The Collaboration 12-pack is hitting shelves now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans available at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky. Prost!