Selecting an IPA these days is no easy task. With so many choices out there, many of them from right here in the Seattle area, how does one choose? I’ve never been able to select just one single ‘favorite’ IPA, but I do have several local favorites – most selected through blind tasting to ensure that I was listening only to my senses rather than giving allegiance (even unconsciously) to one particular brand over another.
One IPA that consistently found it’s way to the top of my blind tasting lists is Trickster from Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor). Granted, I enjoy their Wisdom Seeker IPA even more (which recently made its return), but then I’ve always been more of a double IPA kind of guy. As single IPAs go, however, Trickster is high on my list, and now Black Raven is making it available for the first time ever in Cans.
Here is the full press release from Black Raven Brewing Company:
Redmond, WA – Trickster IPA 12oz Six-Pack Cans are coming – this is no trick! Trickster IPA Cans contain the hoppy goodness you deserve after finding your summit in the Cascades – without the glass to weigh you down. Or, if you prefer being closer to sea level, enjoy Trickster cans at the golf course, floating the river, summer barbecues, the office; wherever your NW lifestyle takes you. Grab a can, pull back the tab, hear the ‘pfssshh’ and let the aroma guide you into the experience of balanced hand crafted IPA. We take pride in all of our beers that make it to you, so feel free to pour into a glass and scrutinize. Share with the other birds or keep it for yourself. Its your party – you decide! Its all happening (in six-pack cans) March 26th!!
About Trickster IPA: In mythology, the raven can play tricks or otherwise disobey normal rules, hence the name Trickster. This well-balanced IPA has a light fruit, citrus and piney hop aroma with a full hop flavor. With delicately balanced malt and hops and a 6.9% ABV, this beer has truly earned its name.
ALCOHOL: 6.9% ABV.
BITTERNESS: 70 IBU
MALTS: 2-Row Barley, Munich, Crystal
HOPS: Chinook, Magnum, Simcoe, Amarillo, CascadeBlack Raven Brewing Company will unleash Trickster 12oz cans at its taproom on Saturday March 26th at Noon. Customers will have the opportunity to be among the first to take a six-pack home. Six-packs will be available at select retailers across Puget Sound beginning Monday, March 28th. Availability is currently limited to Western Washington.
About Black Raven Brewing:
Black Raven is an award winning brewery founded by Beaux Bowman and Kathryn Gillespie in 2009 in Redmond, WA where it operates a 15-barrel brewery as well as a taproom. Head Brewer and Founder Beaux Bowman’s goal is simple: build a brewery that not only crafted beer that he wants to drink, but also be a brewery that he wants to work in. Current distribution is limited to Washington state. Signature beers include Trickster IPA, Coco Jones Coconut Porter, Second Sight Scottish Ale, as well as seasonal favorites such as Kitty Kat Blues Pale Ale and Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout.
Now Trickster is ultra-portable. Perfect to toss in your bag for a hike or bike ride without having to worry about breaking glass. As noted above, Trickster cans will be available starting on Saturday, March 26th at The Raven’s Nest and should start appearing in local bottle (can?) shops around Western Washington soon afterwards.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.