Braaaaaaaains! Uh… I mean, beeeeeeeeeeer! If you’re a fan of delicious IRAs and/or are a fan of the series “The Walking Dead“, then Ninkasi Brewing may just have the beer for you. Ninkasi’s Dawn of the Red IRA will be heading your way in January, 2014. Careful though. Just one sip and you’ll become….. The Walking Red!
Here is the full press release from Ninkasi Brewing:
EUGENE, Ore.—Dec. 16, 2013—Ninkasi Brewing Company announces the release of its Dawn of the Red, an India Red Ale, to store shelves and on-draft January through April 2014. Crafted as part of Ninkasi’s Special Release Series, this beer embodies all aspects of the creative process that goes in to each and every Ninkasi brew – from the brewing and recipe design team to its in-house art department.
“I have wanted to make an IRA for a while,” admits Jamie Floyd, founding brewer and co-owner of Ninkasi. “The idea for this beer was to make a super drinkable hoppy beer with a touch of caramel malt to bring some dryness and malt flavor into the finish.”
Ninkasi’s six-member brewing team worked together to make sure this beer possessed the right amount of color without being excessively sweet. “This beer has the bitterness and drinkability of an India Pale Ale and uses some newer hops that create a real juicy flavor profile of mangos, papaya, and pineapple,” says Floyd. “Through our sampling of this beer, it has quickly become a favorite at the brewery; at seven percent ABV, it’s a dangerously tasty beer that leaves the palate ready for more.”
On the bottle, consumers will find a label that draws from the cult classic zombie movie, “Dawn of the Dead,” a flick favored by the label’s designer and Ninkasi art director, Tony Figoli. “We’re all about mash-ups here at Ninkasi, so I thought what better than a pop-culture reference tied with a little rock n’ roll,” says Figoli.
Dawn of the Red will be available on shelves in 22-ounce bottles, in Ninkasi’s 22-ounce Variety 4-Pack, and on-draft January through April.
Dawn of the Red Stats Available: January – April 2014 Style: IRA Ale Series: Special Release Series ABV: 7.0% IBU: 75 Starting Gravity: 1072 Malt: 2-Row Pale, Cara-Red, Crystal, Flaked Barley Hops: Galena, Millennium, Ahtanum, El Dorado, Mosaic Packaging: 22-ounce bottles, 22-ounce Variety 4-Pack, Draft Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia URL: www.ninkasibrewing.com/dawn-of-the-red
Description: An IRA bursting with notes of mango, papaya and pineapple, this beer finishes juicy with a subtle malty backbone. It doesn’t take brains to know hoppy, tropical IRAs are a great way to welcome warmer months ahead!
Tasting Notes: Mango, papaya, pineapple and stone fruit notes burst out with bitterness upfront. Sustained by a subtle malt-flavor, this beer finishes smooth, leaving one ready for the next sip of this flavortastic beer!
Food Pairings: Chicken, Seafood, Burgers, Spicy Cuisine like Thai or Mexican, Fish Tacos, Savory French Toast
To view Ninkasi’s full line-up of Special Release Series beers, visit: www.ninkasibrewing.com/beers.
About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to a 55-barrel brewing system located in Eugene, Ore. Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Believer Double Red, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Oregon, Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.
Dawn of the Red IRA is part of Ninkasi’s Special Release series and will be available in 22oz bottles and on tap through April 2014. According to Ninkasi: “This beer has quickly become a favorite here at the brewery due to its tropical notes and drinkability.” Better Red than Dead, right?
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.