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Summit Brewing Company Reveals 2017 Lineup 

 

 

New Releases and Updated Variety Packs Are on the Way
 

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (December 14, 2016) – Here at Summit Brewing Company, it’s high time that we announce our lineup of new beers for 2017 — so you can start enjoying them. In addition to creating seven new occasional offerings and fresh entries for the Unchained Series and the Union Series, we’ve also designed four new variety packs around similar styles, flavors and sensations. Perhaps most exciting, though, is that we’re bringing back some of your favorite flavors: Summit Double IPA and Summit Keller Pils. (Start telling your friends.)

 

Summit Double IPA

We’re so eager to pour you another pint of Summit Double IPA — a citrusy, hop-forward beer that last year scored 90 among users of Beer Advocate — that we’re capping kegs and wrapping up 4-packs of 16-oz. cans during the last week of December. That’s THIS year.

 

Blending hops from New Zealand, Germany and the U.S., Summit Double IPA produces a clean yet assertive citrus bitterness that’s supported by the honey and graham-cracker elements of Wevermann Barke Vienna malts.

 

Summit IPA Collection and India-Style Black Ale

Our first new variety pack for 2017 is the Summit IPA Collection, landing in early January and offering up A World of Hops All in One Box. Containing 12-oz. bottles packaged by the dozen, the IPA Collection features Sága IPA, Horizon Red IPA, True Brit IPA, and our brand-new Summit India-Style Black Ale, a powerful black ale available only inside this variety pack and on draught.

 

Featuring roasted malts and spicy, citrus-forward hops, India-Style Black Ale resembles in concept many porters and stouts exported from the UK during the 19th century. With notes of espresso, dark chocolate and black cherries, plus traces of pineapple, lemon-lime and pepper from Denali and Equinox hops, the IBA will also be available on draught.

 

Summit Boundary Waters Box, Keller Pils, Hefeweizen and Wit Bier

Following in April, we have the Summit Boundary Waters Box, our second new variety pack for 2017. Coming just in time to refresh the parched paddlers and cyclists cutting across Minnesota’s warming lakes and trails, this 12-pack of 12-oz. cans will fill boathouse fridges and backpack coolers with Summer Ale, a fresh batch of Keller Pils — which Paste Magazine named the number-two pilsner in the world in 2016 — and introduce two box-exclusive occasionals perfect for grilling season: Summit Hefeweizen and Summit Wit Bier. The new styles will also be available on draught.

 

The Hefeweizen, a classical German wheat beer, presents aromas of bananas and cloves, a creamy mouthfeel and a refreshing finish. Pils and wheat malts provide a toasted base reminiscent of breadcrumbs to complement a gentle helping of traditional German hops. The Wit Bier, on the other hand, is a traditional Belgian white beer brewed with a complex blend of malts, hops and spices. Floral aromas pair with fresh-ground coriander, oranges and lemon zest to create a light body and a slightly tart, dry finish.

 

Summit Harvest Collection

Arriving in July is the Summit Harvest Collection. Headlined by Summit Oktoberfest, a longtime seasonal favorite, this 12-pack of 12-oz. bottles also features our flagship Extra Pale Ale and two more year-round offerings — Great Northern Porter and Pilsener.

 

Summit Penalty Box and Doppel Alt

The Penalty Box, Summit’s final variety pack for 2017, drops in October along with the hockey season’s first puck. Featuring our Winter Ale, Extra Pale Ale and Horizon Red IPA, this 12-pack of 12-oz. bottles introduces our brand-new, box-exclusive Summit Doppel Alt, too. The new brew will also be available on draught.

 

A copper-colored and warm-fermented German-style ale, Doppel Alt jabs at the nose with notes of caramel, toffee and stone fruit, and a complex malt grist produces flavors of toast, caramel and biscuit. Boasting a spicy hop flavor and assertive bitterness, Doppel Alt finishes crisp and clean.

 

Summit Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Summit Belgian-style Pale Ale, which will be available on draught and in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12-oz. cans, arrives in September. A sunset orange-colored thirst-quencher, this Pale Ale showcases European hop varieties and a Belgian yeast strain, all layered over an elegant and complex blend of British, German and Belgian malts.

 

Summit Unchained Series

We’ve also planned three new entries for the limited-release Unchained Series, a collection that has allowed, since its inception in 2009, each of Summit’s brewers to showcase their individual creativity. All 2017 entries will be available on draught and in 6-packs of 12-oz. cans.

 

Arriving in March is Unchained 24: Spring Saison, a traditional Belgian-style saison brewed by James Birnie. It features peppery flavors and a hint of tartness.

 

Next up in July is Unchained 25: Vienna-Style Lager, an offering from Brewer Tom Mondor. Featuring notes of toast, biscuit and caramel along with spicy and herbal flavors from Hallertau Mittlefruh and Perle hops, a cold fermentation promises a crisp and clean lager finish.

 

Lastly, October brings Unchained 26: Westie 7th, a Belgian Dark Ale from Brewer Nick Hempfer. Made with Belgian candi syrup, it features decadent flavors of caramel, toffee, fig, raisins and molasses. “Westie 7th” is a tribute to the neighborhood where Summit Brewing Company resides.

 

Summit Union Series

Looking way forward to December 2017, we’ve planned our next installment in the limited-release Union Series, a collection of beers that since 2013 has combined new and innovative ingredients with time-honored brewing traditions. Union Series: Imperial Russian-Style Stout promises to advance that union in 4-packs of 12-oz. bottles. Brewed to an authentic 19th-century recipe containing a heritage barley malt, this assertive, coal-black export stout offers aromas of dark chocolate, dark fruit and licorice.

 

Summit Brewing Company’s Founder and President Mark Stutrud — or our Chief Knucklehead, if you ask him — is excited heading into the brewery’s 31st year. “When it comes to the quality of our beers and the talent we have on our team — from administrative and production to marketing and sales — I’d put Summit up against anyone. We’ve got our plans in order for 2017, and now it’s time to execute and have some fun.”


Visit our Happenings page for more information on Beer Hall events in support of individual brews and releases.

 

Summit Brewing Company

Founded in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1986, Summit Brewing Company has remained close to its roots, refreshing thirsty folks throughout the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Currently available in 11 states, Summit now produces seven year-round premium craft beers, seven occasionals, four seasonal brews, and the limited-release Unchained Series and Union Series. Since our inception, we’ve been a consistent pioneer in the craft beer movement. For everything Summit Brewing, visit summitbrewing.com.

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  • Hopvale Organic Ale
    • Hopvale Badge

      Hopvale Organic Ale

      Brewed year-round

      Sustainability has never been so drinkable.

      Hopvale Organic Ale delivers the complex hop character of an IPA in an oh-so-drinkable session ale. Brewed with 100% organic hops, organic malts and organic lemon peel – all sourced in the U.S.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      11º P

      IBUs

      55

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      4.7%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      Organic Pale, Caramel 15

      FRUIT

      Organic Lemon Peel

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Sunrise Gold (7 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Organic Bravo, Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook Hops

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2015

       
  • Summit Extra Pale Ale
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      Summit Extra Pale Ale

      Brewed year-round

      The brew that launched
      a brewery.

      A craft beer pioneer. We've been brewing our flagship Summit Extra Pale Ale for independent thinkers and drinkers since 1986. Bronze color. Gold medal-winning flavor. Caramel and biscuity malts superbly balanced with citrus and earthy notes.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      12º P

      IBUs

      49

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      5.20%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Crystal

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Light bronze (12.5 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Horizon, Fuggle, Cascade

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      1986

       
  • Summit Pilsener
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      Summit Pilsener

      Brewed year-round

      Crafted with care from farm to bottle.

      Brewed with Moravian 37 barley grown by our founder's cousins in the heart of North Dakota grain country. Matured six weeks for a crisp, refreshing malt backbone. Saaz hops add just the right amount of spicy aroma to this authentic Bohemian-style Pilsener.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      11º P

      IBUs

      23

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      4.50%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      Moravian 37, Caramel

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Golden (5 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Vanguard, Saaz

      YEAST

      Lager

      ESTABLISHED

      2001

       
  • Summit True Brit IPA
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      Summit True Brit IPA

      Brewed year-round

      English-Style ale from this side of the pond.

      Originally named Summit India Pale Ale, our True Brit IPA is brewed with a nod to sublimely drinkable English ales. Quintessential UK hop varieties lend spicy, earthy notes with a background of caramel sweetness from the malt.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      14º P

      IBUs

      61

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      6.40%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Bronze (13 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Northern Brewer, Pilgrim, Target
      Dry Hopped: East Kent Golding, Fuggle

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      1993

       
  • Summit Great Northern Porter
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      Summit Great Northern Porter

      Brewed year-round

      A roasty dark beer for the entire year.

      One of our first beers, this award-winning Porter is an ale to enjoy year round. Named after the majestic railway stretching from St. Paul to Seattle, with roasted malts that offer up coffee notes leading to a slightly sweet, chocolatey finish.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      13.3º P

      IBUs

      51

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      5.40%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Crystal

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Black (60 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Northern Brewer, Fuggle, Cascade

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      1986

       
  • Summit Horizon Red IPA
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      Horizon Red IPA

      Brewed year-round

      Red and Robust.

      Horizon Red IPA offers up an artful blend of exceptional American hops, creating an intense pine, citrus and earthy character while select malts offer a robust flavor and deep red hue. Originally named Horizon Red Ale.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      14º P

      IBUs

      66

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      5.80%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Wheat, Cara Red, Black

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Amber (22 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Summit, Horizon, Mosaic, Cascade
      Dry Hopped: Cascade, Mosaic

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2009

       
  • Saga IPA
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      Summit Sága IPA

      Brewed year-round

      Epic hop character.

      Named after the Norse goddess Sága, drinking companion of the God Odin. New Zealand hops lend a distinctive hop flavor and aromas of kiwi, passionfruit and apricot with a clean, assertive bitterness. An ale worthy of the gods.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      14º P

      IBUs

      80

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      6.20%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Rich Gold (9 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Centennial, Amarillo, Citra, Rakau
      Dry Hopped: Amarillo, Citra, Rakau

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2012

       
  • Summit Maibock
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      Summit Maibock

      Brewed in the Spring

      Forget the frost with the official beer of Spring.

      This traditional German style earned the nickname "liquid bread" because it was brewed by monks to help them get through Lenten fasting. Moravian 37 malts and Czech Saaz hops give it a toasted sweetness with a little spice in the finish.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      15.5º P

      IBUs

      40

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      6.70%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      Moravian 37, Munich

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Dark Blonde (9 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Saaz, Mt. Hood

      YEAST

      Lager

      ESTABLISHED

      1989

       
  • Summit Summer Ale
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      Summit Summer Ale

      Brewed in the Summer

      Savor summer with
      every sip.

      This highly drinkable beer is made for sunny days and long nights. With a crisp, clean bitterness. Lightly toasted malts. And an enticing fruity and floral hop aroma with hints of citrus. Every sip is a celebration of summer.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      10.5º P

      IBUs

      37

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      4.40%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Cara Pils, Malted White Wheat

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Pale Straw (4 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Mt. Hood, Wakatu

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2012

       
  • Summit Oktoberfest
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      Summit Oktoberfest

      Brewed in the fall

      Celebrate the harvest.

      Inspired by the ultimate beer celebration, our Oktoberfest offers rich, toffee malt flavors up front with a hop finish as crisp as the autumn air. Like the fall colors, this beer is gone before you know it. Prosit!

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      16º P

      IBUs

      25

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      7.10%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      Moravian 37, Crystal, Munich, 2-Row Pale

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Bronze (15 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Northern Brewer, Tettnanger, Saaz

      YEAST

      Lager

      ESTABLISHED

      2001

       
  • Summit Winter Ale
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      Summit Winter Ale

      Brewed in the Winter

      Comforting as a down blanket. And way better tasting.

      One taste and it's easy to see why the Brits call this style Winter Warmer. Nutty, roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee, caramel, cocoa and a dash of hop spice. It'll warm your cockles. Whatever those are.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      15º P

      IBUs

      40

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      6.20%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Black Patent, Crystal

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Brown (40 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Willamette, Fuggle, Tettnanger

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      1987

       
  • Summit Unchained Series
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      Summit Unchained Series

      Released Periodically

      Where brewers are free to explore their craft.

      The Summit Unchained Series gives our brewers free rein to create any beer style they want. To rediscover and reinterpret obscure traditional brews. Or invent their own. The result? Small batches. Huge flavor.

       
  • Summit Union Series
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      Summit Union Series

      Released every so often

      The inspired union of new ingredients and time-honored brewing traditions.

      Brewing has always been about discovery. For the Summit Union Series, we scour the globe for new (and sometimes rare) hops and malts. Then we add equal parts craft and creativity to bring you a whole new brew.

       
  • Summit Oatmeal Stout
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      Summit Oatmeal Stout

      Brewed year-round

      A taste you won't find everywhere.

      While its cascading rich black color will be familiar to Stout enthusiasts, ours is decidedly different. It's made with naked oats from the UK, for one. Smooth and slightly sweet, with hints of coffee, caramel and chocolate. Sold only on draught in select places.

      ORIGINAL GRAVITY

      13.3º P

      IBUs

      41

      ALCOHOL BY VOLUME

      5.20%

      MALTS UTILIZED

      2-Row Pale, Caramel, Oats, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Chocolate

      COLOR, (DEG L.)

      Pitch Black (80 L)

      HOPS UTILIZED

      Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding, Fuggle

      YEAST

      Ale

      ESTABLISHED

      2004