It’s no secret in the craft beer industry that session beers are trending. Lower alcohol beers with character have become a staple in the flagship lineups of craft beer’s biggest (and best) breweries. Local legend Summit Brewing Company has taken note. Summit is getting set to release an organic hoppy session ale called Hopvale Organic Ale that will debut in 16 oz cans this April.
Summit is proud to announce that the brewery will soon release a new year-round organic ale called Hopvale Organic Ale. Hopvale Organic is a session-strength ale brewed with all organic malts, hops and lemon peel. The recipe has been fine-tuned over the last few months by head brewer Damian McConn brewing small-batch brews on our Pilot System. Our first full-production brews of Hopvale Organic Ale are scheduled for release in early April 2015. Adding to the green-friendly and sustainable nature of this project, the beer will be Summit’s first year-round beer available exclusively in four-packs of 16 ounce cans and on draft.
Hopvale Organic Ale is certified organic by the USDA and the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA). Summit is familiar with the organic beer production process through experiences and applications learned while brewing Gabe Smoley’s Unchained 12: 100% Organic Ale in 2013. While we’re proud of the effort and innovation in producing this organic ale, the “organic-ness” is truly secondary to the main goal of making a sessionable hoppy (yet not overly bitter) beer to complement the other beers already in Summit’s year-round portfolio. Hopvale Organic Ale will be 4.7%ABV with IBUs in the mid-40s and will include organic Bravo, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops.
Check out this video of head brewer Damian McConn with more details on the ingredients and expected tasting notes on the beer:
More information on the beer’s flavor profile, development and upcoming release events will be available in the coming weeks on Summit’s website and social media outlets.