At nearly 29 years old, Summit is still up for new things. Debuting this weekend, the brewery's Hop Silo Double IPA will be its first DIPA and its first tallboy.
Unchained #18: Hop Silo is named for its strong hop profile. At 101 IBUs (International Bittering Units), the DIPA is Summit's hoppiest beer, dwarfing the 80 IBU Sága. The beer was formulated for the Unchained Series during a trip to Yakima Valley, Washington.
While there to purchase hops for Summit's regular lineup, brewer Eric Harper discovered Azacca and Zeus hops, and he was sold on using them in a new beer. "The farmer just happened to be unloading bales for processing as we were showing up," he says. Thus Hop Silo's development began.
Hop Silo features pineapple, tangerine, and pine elements followed by a bready malt that closes with a lingering bitterness. It's a bold DIPA, fitting to the style, but with a familiar Summit element at play.
As for the packaging, Summit added 12-ounce cans last year and the system is capable of 16-ouncers as well. "We've been getting calls," says the brewery's Carey Matthews, "and this seemed like a great beer to kick it off with." There is no set plan for future tall cans, except that it will vary from beer to beer. Next month's Hopvale Organic Ale will be sold in tallboy form as well. Eventually the new cans will also be sold at events in addition to liquor stores.
Several events are scheduled to celebrate the release.
Winterfest 2014 at Union Depot (downtown St. Paul) Friday & Saturday, February 27-28
Hop Silo Release Party at Summit Beer Hall Saturday, February 28 (4-9 p.m.)
Beat the Brewers Pinball Tourney at Blainbrook Bowl (Blainbrook Entertainment Center) Sunday, March 1 (1 p.m. to qualify for tourney, 5 p.m. competition begins)
Hop Silo Pizza Party at Stout's Pub Wednesday, March 4 (8-9:30 p.m.)
Northeast Minneapolis Double Release Party Thursday, March 5; 8-10 p.m. at Legends Bar & Grill and 10 p.m. to midnight at Mayslack's Bar.
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