Summit Brewing Company is proud to announce the release of 100% Organic Ale, the twelfth beer produced in our limited release Unchained Series and Minnesota’s first 100% certified organic beer. Organic Ale is brewer Gabe Smoley’s first Unchained creation. It will be available in draught and bottles the week of March 5 with a series of release events and food pairings in the following weeks (see below).
“Most USDA certified organic beers on the market are about 95-99.9% organic because it is extremely difficult to find ingredients like organic yeast,” says Gabe. “This beer is made with 100% organic ingredients including malts, hops and yeast. Summit microbiologist James Fetherston and I worked together to create our own certified organic yeast strain to do this, as there are virtually no organic strains available from laboratories.”
From the certification process to the actual brewing, this beer has been a challenge. But we enjoy those here at Summit. “Our company is full of innovators and I am excited to continue that tradition,” says Gabe. “The organic segment of the brewing industry is slowly growing and building steam. My hope is that by working with organic ingredients, we’ll learn some new, sustainable approaches to brewing and promote organic ingredients as a whole to the industry.”
Organic Ale is a lighter beer perfect for springtime with floral aromas of perfume, rose and potpourri. The malt backbone is mild but balanced, with the distinguishing characteristic of Organic Ale being its hop aroma and flavor as the beer is heavily hopped towards the end of production.
Organic Ale Specs:
AVB: 4.5% / IBU: 60 / Color: Light copper
100% organic hops: Palisade, Cascade, Centennial
100% organic malts: Pale, Munich 10, C-120, Carafa II
Check out this video of Gabe talking more about the brewing/certification process and tasting notes:
Gabe Smoley will attend a series of special kick-off events for Organic Ale, including: