With 7,500+ craft breweries now operating in the United States, an impossible number of beers are produced in a given week. How many exactly, you ask? Imagine you filled up your bathtub with jelly beans. Now imagine abandoning your house and just leaving that bathtub full of jelly beans there for years. Picture all of the tiny bugs and creepy crawlies that would infest that bathroom to feed off those jelly beans and eventually form their own ecosystem throughout the house. Try and wrap your head around the innumerable detritus and bacteria that follow to feast off those generations of tiny dead bugs. OK. Well, in the time you were imagining all of that, probably like five or six beers were made? I don’t know. In any case, here are a few beers to know this week.
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Perrin Brewing has an IPA take on pineapple upside down cake
Pineapple Upside Down IPA, the newest release in Perrin Brewing Company’s Side Hustle Series, will appear at the Perrin Pub August 1 on draft and in six-packs of 12-oz cans, followed by distribution throughout the state of Michigan.
Taking inspiration from the classic dessert, Perrin has flipped the script with this new IPA, incorporating wheat and lactose for a decadent and creamy cake-like mouthfeel, balanced with Sabro and Styrian Cardinal hops, which lend notes of tropical fruit and coconut. The limited release brew was soaked in the flavor equivalent of 500 pineapples to provide the sweet-and-tart citrus punch promised by the name.
Perrin will release a new Side Hustle Series beer every other month for statewide distribution. The series allows Perrin’s brewers to creatively explore new ingredients and techniques, and provide Michigan’s craft beer lovers with innovative new flavors.
Shiner is the latest brewery with a Brut IPA
Shiner unveiled the latest addition to its Brewer’s Pride series this week, Brut IPA. Taking cues from champagne, Brut IPA is a lively, sparkling ale brewed using a new experimental hop that is a cross of Fuggle and Cascade. This hop imparts hints of green tea, subtle pear and floral for a bright and aromatic IPA with a crisp, dry finish. The brew is effervescent and dry — and exceptionally enjoyable. Brewer’s Pride Brut IPA is 6.8 percent ABV and touts a 45 IBU. It is available nationally for a limited time for an SRP of $10.99 per six-pack.
Rise from your grave: Seedstock Brewery revives its King of Extinct Beers
Rather than offering trendy, sexier beers, Seedstock Brewery possesses a lineup of hard-to-find, old-world (very unsexy) recipes, including its polotmavy, dusseldorf alt, Czech lager and its broyhan — The King of Extinct Beers — that is coming back this weekend after a two-year absence.
For more than 300 years, the North German beer (named after its creator Cord Broyhahn who first brewed it in 1526) was one of the most popular beers in the region before it died out around World War I, most likely due to a continued rise in lager popularity in Germany.
The Seedstock Broyhan is an unlikely, but welcomed, player in the normal lineup of summer beers. Seedstock’s Broyhan is very pale, similar in color to a young white wine, with a light wine aroma and a pleasantly sweet, yet acidic taste. Seedstock adds wheat to the grain bill, which delivers a nice mouthfeel balanced by slight tartness and a crisp finish. French hops provide a pleasant backbone for this refreshing 4.3 percent ABV beer.
Dogfish Head, Oxbow releasing just 450 bottles of Kelp! I Need Some Honey
The folks at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del., and its pals at Oxbow Brewing Co. in Newcastle, Maine, have been some busy bees, brewing up a collaborative beer called Kelp! I Need Some Honey. Set to release at the Dogfish Head Tasting Room & Kitchen this weekend, Kelp! I Need Some Honey is an open-fermented Saison brewed with kelp and of course, honey. To add a little bit of each of their home states to this limited-edition beer, all of the grains, hops and honey used in the brewing process were sourced directly from Delaware- and Maine-based producers. Priced at just $20 each, there are only 450 (750-ml) bottles of this BEE-utiful, limited-edition beer up for grabs.