I’m a fan of just about every different style of craft beer available today, and there are indeed a wide variety of styles to choose from. There’s no denying, however, that the IPA is the current King of all craft bee styles. In fact IPA sales accounted for a full quarter of all craft bee sales in 2014* and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down.
Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) founder, Joel VandenBrink, is an IPA fan as well and is also an avid hiker. So it makes perfect sense that this new addition to their award winning, year-round lineup is named after a famous local hiking trail. “Inspired by the Wonderland Trail, an exhilarating 93-mile trek around Mount Rainier, this hop-forward beer was developed to honor the treasures of the Pacific Northwest – hikes, hops and all.” Joel hiked this very trail himself, solo, just last year.
Honoring that inspiration, the release of Wonderland Trail IPA will also act as a fundraiser for Washington’s National Park Fund. Two Beers will be hosting two fundraising events to kick off the arrival of this beer. The first will be at Beveridge Place Pub on November 12th and then another big event at Two Beers’ tasting room, The Woods, on November 19th. There will be raffles, prizes, giveaways, and $1 of each pint of Wonderland Trail IPA sold will go towards maintaining the Wonderland Trail. According to Two Beers Brewing Company: “Our local national parks are beautiful, but sadly, woefully underfunded, so this is our small way of giving back. We look forward to hosting additional events, hikes and fundraisers throughout the year. ”
Here is the full press release from Two Beers Brewing Company:
SEATTLE (October 27, 2015) – Two Beers Brewing Company, located in the heart of Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood, is thrilled to announce the release of Wonderland Trail IPA, a brand new beer joining the growing brewery’s year round lineup. Inspired by the Wonderland Trail, an exhilarating 93-mile trek around Mount Rainier, this hop-forward beer was developed to honor the treasures of the Pacific Northwest – hikes, hops and all. Featuring five varieties of Yakima-grown hops, and offering up a 7.1 percent ABV and 84 IBUs, Wonderland Trail will be available in 12-ounce cans and on draft beginning the week of November 2. Holding special meaning for the Two Beers Brewing team, combined with the trail’s 100-year anniversary, the release of this beer will also act as a fundraiser for the Washington’s National Park Fund.
“In 2012, I hiked the Wonderland Trail alone and it changed me,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Two Beers Brewing Company. “The challenges I faced on that trail and the beauty it revealed left me more appreciative than ever for this amazing place we call home. This beer is my dedication to not only that trail and those that have seen it through 100 years of adventure, but it’s also our small way of giving back to the treasures we find all throughout the Pacific Northwest.”
Wonderland Trail IPA is the product of nearly two years of recipe development. Featuring a seamless blend of Washington-grown hops, this flavorful Northwest-style IPA is brewed with Amarillo, Mosaic, Legacy and Cascade hops, then dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops, complemented by 2-Row, Vienna and Munich malts. On the nose, a slightly sweet aroma of tangerine is followed by a wave of citrus and passion fruit on the palate, finishing clean and refreshing.
To help celebrate the release of Wonderland Trail IPA, as well as raise funds for the Washington’s National Park Fund, Two Beers Brewing will be hosting events throughout Seattle the first and second week of November. Top events include:Fundraising Events
- November 12, 7-10pm – Beveridge Place Pub: Enjoy a pint and purchase raffle tickets ($5 per ticket or five tickets for $20) for your chance to win prizes from Patagonia and Two Beers Brewing! All raffle proceeds benefit Washington’s National Park Fund.
- November 16, 5pm – The Woods Tasting Room: Join the team from Two Beers Brewing and Mount Rainier National Park to raise money for the Wonderland Trail. Purchase raffle tickets ($5 per ticket or five tickets for $20) for your chance to win more than 20 prizes from Therm-a-Rest, MiiR, Patagonia, LUNA Sandals and more, with all proceeds benefitting the trail. Plus, $1 of each pint and each six-pack purchased donated to Washington’s National Park Fund.Additional Events
- November 2, 5pm – Parkway Tavern (Tacoma): Join the team from Two Beers Brewing for an evening of giveaways and pints of Wonderland Trail IPA!
- November 3, 6pm – Chucks Central District: Give it a try on tap and pick up a six-pack of Wonderland Trail IPA home! Giveaways galore.
- November 4, 6pm – Capitol Cider: Wonderland Trail IPA on tap two ways! A special Basil Lemongrass infused Wonderland Trail IPA joined the taps, along with live music & giveaways all night long.
- November 5, 5pm – Beveridge Place Pub: Love cask beer? Hit up Cask-O-Rama to get a taste of a Double Dry Hopped Cask of Wonderland Trail IPA, featuring Citra and Mosaic hops.
- November 6, 7pm – Park Pub: Take the pint night! Buy a pint of Wonderland Trail IPA or Citrus-infused Wonderland and the pint glass if yours to keep.“We’re excited to partner with Two Beers Brewing, and work together to raise awareness and funds to help support the Wonderland Trail – through great craft beer no less!” said Bret Wirta, Washington’s National Park Fund Board President.
All Two Beers Brewing products can be found at retailers, bars, and restaurants throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. They can also be enjoyed at The Woods tasting room in SoDo (4700 Ohio Ave S), shared with Seattle Cider Company, where craft beer lovers can enjoy pints, tasters, packaged products and more. For more information, follow Two Beers Brewing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@twobeersbrewing), or visit www.twobeersbrewery.com. To learn more about how you can help Washington’s National Parks and the Wonderland Trail, visit www.wnpf.org or on Twitter at @WANatlParkFund.
About Two Beers Brewing Co. Two Beers Brewing Co. began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007 and today, produces fifteen unique beers including eight year-round, seven seasonals and a host of intricate infusions in its 4,800-square-foot SoDo brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings kegs and growler fill-ups available at their tasting room located at 4660 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday –Thursday from 3-8 pm, Fridays from 3-10pm, Saturdays from 1-10pm and Sundays from 1-6 pm. Select products can also be found in 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans at bars, restaurants and local retailers throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.
Two Beers has been working towards the release of Wonderland Trail IPA for quite a while. Frequent visitors to The Woods tasting room will recall that, over the past couple of years, Two Beers has put on tap a number of experimental IPAs with no name beyond IPA X (X2, X3, X4, etc.) Learning from each brewing experience and receiving feedback from many of their regulars, Two Beers continued to refine the recipe until they found the right combination of Amarillo, Mosaic, Legacy, Cascade and Citra hops.
As noted above, Wonderland Trail IPA will be available on draft and in cans starting on November 2nd. However, you can get an early sneak peek this Friday, October 30th at The Woods. Two Beers’ description in the press release above sounds right up my alley: “On the nose, a slightly sweet aroma of tangerine is followed by a wave of citrus and passion fruit on the palate, finishing clean and refreshing.” I love a good, citrusy IPA and can’t wait to try it.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.