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Summit Beer Hall Exclusive #5: BETA SMASH SESSION IPA

Listen up, craft beer connoisseurs: This Thursday, July 13th, we’re tapping a new and limited Beer Hall Exclusive, and we need you to come and drink it. And why on earth would you do such a thing?

Because hops. This beer features a single experimental hop grown in Washington’s Yakima Valley. It’s so experimental it doesn’t even have a name — John I. Haas, our largest hop supplier, is simply calling it HBC 438. Expect aromas of citrus, stone fruit, mango, coconut, lemon grass, and notes of fresh herbs and wood.

Because malts. BETA SMASH SESSION IPA features an Argentinian pale malt never before used in the USA. Provided by our friends at Cargill, the malt offers breadcrumb and toast characteristics.

Because yeast. The American ale yeast strain used in BETA SMASH SESSION IPA is clean and simple, allowing the citrus characteristics of hop HBC 438 to shine. Just like the hops and malts, this yeast strain is experimental. We’ve used it in a few pilot brews before… but does it have what it takes to be used in a commercially produced beer? Only one way to find out, you guys. 

Because SMASH. No, you won’t get smashed on this beer. SMASH means Single Malt and Single Hop. Rather than blending multiple malts and a variety of hops to produce complex flavors and aromas, SMASH-style beers allow the flavors of a single malt or hop variety to shine. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for details on GAMMA SMASH SESSION IPA, a beer featuring the same malts, the same yeast, and a different hop altogether. Then comes DELTA SMASH. Four beers total, a different hop in each one. You on board?

Additionally, because this is a Session IPA, you can drink a few of ‘em without feeling goofy. The ABV is right around 4.7%, making the beer sessionable.

Because Head Brewer Damian McConn says you’ll like it. “We’re backloading the hops in this brew,” he says. “They’re going in late so they’ll retain their flavor and aroma without the bitterness. We don’t want 60 IBUs here, and adding hops late prevents the IBU from climbing, showcasing the beer’s aroma and flavor.”

Because feedback. “If this hop really pops, if people like it, we’ll try to work it into one of our beers next year.” So, come in, taste the beer, fill out a comment card, and let us know what you think. We’ll share that feedback with the brewers, with our friends at Cargill, and with John I. Haas himself. Your comments could truly change the world. Of beer. Possibly.

Summit Beer Hall Exclusives

Created and brewed on our small pilot system, this Beer Hall Exclusive was captained by Head Brewer Damian McConn. Often tied up with meetings, business trips, office work, cleaning projects, and other supervisorial duties, Damian was thrilled to spend a day in the pilot brewhouse with all of these new, experimental ingredients.

DISCLAIMER: By nature, small batches like these won’t last long. If you miss one for some reason, you’ll be S.O.L. until our next Beer Hall Exclusive comes around. Sorry, that’s how this works.


Beer Hall Exclusive #5: BETA SMASH SESSION IPA

Tapped Thursday July 13th at 4 p.m.

Food Truck: Dine-1-1

Suggested Food Pairings: Reach for the Hot Dogs with fresh black bean & corn relish and spicy aioli.  The fresh relish and spicy flavors will complement our new IPA’s hop-forward aromas.

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