We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming
Time has sure flown by so far in 2019. We’ve been so busy brewing the greatest beers in the Midwest, we haven’t had a moment to officially share our brand release calendar. So, we figured now was the perfect time, along with the madness of March, to take a commerical time out for a quick recap and drop our :60 spot of what’s happening here at Summit Brewing Company in 2019.
This month witnessed the release of the Summit Ratskeller Reserve Collection variety box. Featuring four new beers available only inside the variety pack and on limited draft, this 12-pack of 12-oz. bottles is the first edition in an ongoing series. You can find this amazing first edition of the collection through June 2019. Brands include:
Summit Triple Rye – An Amber Ale featuring three types of rye from three different countries, combining sweet roasted malt flavors with citrus hops and spice.
Summit Twenty-One – A collaborative IPA from Summit’s seven brewers, Twenty-One features seven different malts, seven different hops, and notes of citrus, pine and melon.
Summit Get Smoked – A traditional export porter with smoked malts, spicy British hops, and flavors of dark fruit and bittersweet chocolate.
Summit XPA One Experimental Pale Ale – A single malt, single hop Pale Ale with notes of breadcrust, sourdough, and tropical hop flavors from Sabro, Yakima Valley’s newest hop variety.
Also debuting this month is The Summit Go Box. A 24-pack of 12-oz. cans, The Go Box features eight cans each of three core Summit brands, with limited distribution to big-box and club-type stores — you know, those bulk-purchase palaces where you stock the fridge for parties. With three iterations coming in 2019, the first Go Box includes Summit Skip Rock white ale, Summit Extra Pale Ale and Summit Dakota Soul craft lager.
After a busy January, we recovered in February with the return of Summit Maibock, available on draft, in 12-packs of 12-oz. cans, and in 6 and 12-packs of 12-oz. bottles.
Woo boy, here came the goodies: March 2019 sees the return of 2015’s Summit Old Blaggard Barleywine, inspired by the great strong ales of England’s Burton-On-Trent. Cellared for six months and beautifully balanced with aromas of toffee, figs, stone fruits and marmalade, Summit Old Blaggard is one of two Union Series brews slated for 2019! Available on draft and in 4-packs of 12-oz. bottles, Summit Union Series beers are patiently cellared until their flavor profiles are fully mature and properly integrated, highlighting our unique ability to brew a variety of high-gravity styles. Make sure to drink ‘em fresh, they’re ready to go!
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Debuting in April 2019 is Summit Slugfest Juicy IPA. Unfiltered and orange in appearance, Slugfest seeks to connect new American IPA trends with our classical European approach to brewing. Low in alcohol and bitterness but big in aggressive citrus hop flavors and aromas like tangerine, melon and lemon, Slugfest is balanced by malt notes of toast, English biscuits and bread crust. Get your first taste inside the Summit Block Party Box variety pack and limited draft.
A mixed 12-pack of 12-oz. cans, the Summit Block Party variety box lands in April and runs through September, featuring Summit Extra Pale Ale, Summit Dakota Soul craft lager, Summit Slugfest Juicy IPA (mentioned above) and our new Summit Cabin Crusher, a Kölsch-style Ale brewed with lime peel and lime puree. Expect big lemon-lime hop characteristics, high carbonation and drinkability, and balanced malt flavors of honey, biscuit and toast. Summit Cabin Crusher Kölsch with Lime is the perfect for those MN summers in cabin country, sitting on a patio or relaxing on a floatie thirst-quencer!
Now, we don’t know if we’re gonna see 70-degree sunshine or snowbanks come April 1 — probably both — but we do know you’ll be seeing Summit Summer Ale once again. First introduced in 2012, your favorite summer seasonal took last summer off for personal reasons. After some restorative R&R at a quiet cabin on Minnesota’s North Shore, however, this refreshing slammer returns in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12-oz. bottles, plus 12-packs of 12-oz. cans and draft. Available through July.
Summit Slugfest IPA becomes fully available on draft, in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12-oz. bottles, in 12-packs of 12-oz. cans, and in 4-packs of 16-oz. cans. It will be available through September 2019.
The second edition of the Summit Go Box lands with eight 12-oz. cans each of Summit Extra Pale Ale, Summit Sága IPA and Summit Dakota Soul craft lager. Reminder: This 24-pack of 12-oz. cans will see limited distribution to big-box and club-type stores.
This month is the release of the Summit Ratskeller Reserve Collection second edition variety box of 12-pack of 12-oz. bottles. This box features another four new beers available only inside the variety pack and on limited draft through December 2019. Brands include:
Summit Smoked Peach Hefeweizen – Smoked malt, fresh peaches and a classic Hefeweizen yeast strain combine to produce a unique summer thirst quencher with notes of clove, banana and stone fruit.
Summit Working Class Hero ESB – Floor malted Maris Otter malt, combined with classical English hop varieties, builds great complexity and depth to this ESB, providing notes of English toffee, orange marmalade and fresh berries.
Summit The Villain Black Ale – The complexities of an ale with the crisp, clean finish of a lager, this black beer is light bodied and drinkable with subtle flavors of black cherry and dark chocolate.
Summit XPA Two Experimental Pale Ale – Brewed to showcase Hook Head Ale malt from Ireland and HBC 472 hops from the US, this distinctive pale ale highlights sweet biscuit flavors in addition to subtle notes of rum, coconut and mango.
Our best-selling seasonal Summit Oktoberfest will start hitting the shelves in August. We just cannot wait until September to get this tasty brew in your steins (and ours). It’s time to put on your best pair of lederhosen!
Summit Dark Infusion, our smoothest, boldest brew is back by popular demand and returns sooner than expected in 6-packs of 12-oz. cans and draft. You’re welcome! An overwhelmingly popular coffee milk stout that made its initial debut in November 2016, Dark Infusion is the first-ever Summit Unchained Series beer to make a comeback, TWICE. We think it is safe to say this brew isn’t getting lost in the exosphere any time soon.
The third edition of the Summit Go Box lands with eight 12-oz. cans each of Summit Extra Pale Ale, Summit Sága IPA and our GABF 2018 Gold Medal Winner, Summit Keller Pils. Reminder: This 24-pack of 12-oz. cans will see limited distribution to big-box and club-type stores.
A mixed 12-pack of 12-oz. cans, the Summit House Party variety box lands in October and runs through March 2020, featuring Summit Extra Pale Ale, Summit Sága IPA and our GABF 2018 Gold Medal Winner, Summit Keller Pils, and a return of Summit Cranky Woodsman.
Summit Imperial Russian Stout returns in October, inspired by the union of new ingredients with an authentic British recipe from the 1840s. Cellared for six months and featuring notes of licorice, bitter chocolate and dark fruit, this powerful export stout brings the intensity. Available on draft and in 4-packs of 12-oz. bottles, Summit Union Series beers are patiently cellared until their flavor profiles are fully mature and properly integrated, highlighting our unique ability to brew a variety of high-gravity styles. Drink ‘em fresh!
We couldn’t start off the summer with the bring-back of Summit Summer Ale without the winter bring-back of Summit Winter Ale. You yelled and screamed for Summit Winter Ale to come back in 2018 and we don’t anticipate it taking a hiadus any time soon.
Filling the tanks to bring you new and amazing brews in 2020!
For more information about our new beers and variety packs, and the rest of our beers, please visit www.summitbrewing.com frequently.
Disclaimer: These are wild, unpredictable times in craft brewing. As such, we wish to remain as nimble and flexible as possible so we can pursue whatever crazy-ass opportunities might come along. Just about everything in this release is subject to change.