Back in February of 2013, Two Beers Brewing Company released the first in their new Alta Series of beers: a Russian Imperial Stout called Switchback. Clocking in at 12% ABV, it was a monster with big rich flavors like chocolate, vanilla raisin, whiskey and more. However, its measly 12% was nothing compared with Two Beers Brewing’s second release in their Alta Series: Ascension Triple IPA. Coming in at a whopping 15.4% ABV and over 100 IBUs, this one was, put simply, over the top. I sometimes referred to it as a beer screwdriver, due to its big citrus flavor and high alcoholic content. Switchback and Ascension were followed up by High Divide Double Blonde and Overhang Bourbon Imperial Porter to round out the Alta Series.
Now, Two Beers Brewing is ready to bring back the Alta Series for a second year. This coming Saturday, February 8th, Two Beers Brewing Company will release Fall Line Russian Imperial Stout. This ‘reincarnation’ of Switchback still comes in at 12% ABV, with rich, complex flavors of coffee, plums, chocolate, vanilla and highland peat, due in part to the six months it spent aging in brandy barrels.
Joining the return of the Alta Series, Two Beers Brewing is also releasing the first beer in their new Single Hop, Single Farm Series which, according to Two Beers Brewing, is “dedicated to the glory of Washington’s hop crop.” The first offering in this new series is a Single Hop, Single Farm Citra Hop IPA coming in at 6.2% ABV and 70 IBUs.
Here is the full press release from Two Beers Brewing Company:
SEATTLE (February 4, 2014) – After an exciting first year, Two Beers Brewing is thrilled to announce the return of its popular Alta Series, accompanied by the announcement of its new Single Hop, Single Farm series. The re-release of the growing brewery’s bold Fall Line Russian Imperial Stout (formerly known as ‘Switchback’) includes 1,800 limited edition bottles, which sold out in just under a week its first year. Available at The Woods on Saturday, February 8 beginning at 1pm, craft beer lovers will also be able to enjoy the first beer in Two Beers Brewing’s Single Hop, Single Farm series, highlighting the delicious Citra Hop sourced from Loftus Farms in Washington state’s Yakima Valley.
“We love what both of these series’ showcase,” said Joel VandenBrink, owner and founder of Two Beers Brewing. “One highlights the true flavors of one of the single most important ingredients in beer, while the other shows the diversity and boldness that can be attained through craft brewing.”
Two Beers Brewing’s new Single Hop, Single Farm series is dedicated to the glory of Washington’s hop crop. Featuring a different single-hop each release, this series showcases the bold flavors found in each individual variety. The first beer of the series features the infamous Citra hop – harvested from Loftus Ranches in Yakima, Wash. – offering notes of citrus and tropical fruit, paired with a clean and crisp palate. With a new hop featured approximately every two months, Two Beers Brewing is honored to be supporting and working with local growers on this exciting new series.
Saturday also marks the launch of the second year of Two Beers Brewing’s Alta Series. As the first beer of the series, Fall Line Russian Imperial Stout makes a bold return with a 12 percent ABV, 50 IBUs and SRM of 77. A style born out of the cold north and the Russian courts desire for rich, toasty brews, this unique beer has been barrel aged in brandy barrels for six months, followed by four months of aging on Theo organic cocoa nibs and vanilla beans. A deep, multilayered beer, its thick, smooth body carries immense, complex flavors of coffee, plums, chocolate, vanilla and highland peat under a deep milk-chocolate creamy head.
Featuring four bold, complex ales – each reaching above 9.0 percent ABV and boasting its own distinct personality – the Alta Series has been handcrafted to offer a unique twist with every sip. Whether its the complexity obtained by aging in brandy barrels, the tartness imparted by fresh fruits or unique twist provided by a complex blend of spices, the Alta Series sets out to distinguish itself from the others and reach the upper limits.
The release of these two new beers, taking place Saturday, February 8 from 1-6pm, will include bottles for purchase, $5 pints of Citra Hop IPA, 10-ounce pours of Fall Line for $8, and delicious food from popular food truck Lumpia World available for purchase. Fall Line Russian Imperial Stout ($14) and Single Hop, Single Farm Citra Hop IPA ($6) will hit shelves through Washington and Oregon beginning the week of February 10. For more information on new releases, special tastings and more, follow Two Beers Brewing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.
Both of these new beers will be released on Saturday, February 8th at 1:00 PM, when Two Beers Brewing Company opens their doors. As noted above, both beers will be available on tap and in bottles, so you can take some home to enjoy or cellar. No word on whether or not growler fills will be available for Single Hop, Single Farm Citra Hop IPA, but I’m certain there will be no growler fills of Fall Line Russian Imperial Stout allowed.
Also, on hand in case you get hungry will be Lumpia World. You don’t want to enjoy too many beers on an empty stomach. So come on out this Saturday to try these two new releases from Two Beers Brewing Company. If you’re a cider fan as well, Seattle Cider Company shares the same tap room, The Woods, with Two Beers Brewing. So you’ll have a wide variety of delicious beers and ciders to choose from.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.