Fulton to release new Hopstar Session IPA at Gran Fondo 2017

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Can proofs of Hopstar Session IPA right off the manufacturing line from Ardagh in Chicago // Photo courtesy of Fulton Brewing

Riders and spectators of Fulton Brewing’s annual Gran Fondo will be tipping back a brand new beer in celebration. The Northeast Minneapolis brewery is introducing an all new summer seasonal, Hopstar Session IPA, on Friday, May 5 as part of the Gran Fondo 2017 festivities.

Hopstar is the beer Fulton has been “testing not-so-secretly in the taproom for the past month,” according to Tucker Gerrick, Fulton’s director of marketing.

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Festival goers enjoy Gran Fondo 2016 // Photo courtesy Fulton Beer

Fulton will be transitioning The Randonneur Summer Saison, released in conjunction with the Gran Fondo for the past three years, from bottles to a once-a-year taproom-only release. But the brewery believes they’ve found a winner in Hopstar Session IPA. “We think those who need a go-to summer beer for long bike rides are going to be pleasantly fulfilled,” says Gerrick.

After its release at Gran Fondo, cans of Hopstar will be available in market starting Monday, May 8.

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Gran Fondo 2016 // Photo courtesy Fulton Beer

While riders can replenish calories with cans of Hopstar on Saturday, May 6 during the free post-race party held at Fulton’s production facility on NE Second Street, their first chance to try it and the beer’s official release will take place at the pre-ride dinner on Friday, May 5. The Gran Fondo Pre-Ride Feast will be curated by the folks at Chef Camp, a Northwoods food retreat happening in early September.

Two chefs from Chef Camp will be on hand to create the feast. Erik Sather, of Lowry Hill Meats, will be cooking up a whole hog (provided by Tangletown Gardens) porchetta-style. Yia Vang, of Union Kitchen, will be slow roasting veggies over the fire. The feast is available to riders and non-riders, and tickets are $20.

More information about Gran Fondo 2017 can be found here.

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