Ninkasi Releases Their Summer IPA Variety Pack

Ninkasi Brewing Company out of Eugene Oregon puts out some excellent craft brews, including several different IPAs.  I really enjoy their Total Domination IPA and Tricerahops Double IPA, as well as their Hop Cooler Citrus IPA; and don’t forget about their Maiden The Shade Summer IPA, which I told you about just last week.

With Summer right around the corner, Ninkasi has decided to pull together a few of their most popular IPAs into the Summer IPA Variety Pack.  An easy way to please the hopheads in your life, this variety pack will include four different Ninkasi IPAs: Total Domination, Dawn Of The Red, Beer Run and Hop Cooler.

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Ninkasi Brewing’s Maiden The Shade Gets A New Look

Spring is in full swing in the Northwest and Summer is right around the corner.  While I’m still enjoying plenty of tasty Stouts and Porters, the warming weather out there has begun to turn my palate back towards the hoppy beers of Spring and Summer.  Ninkasi is preparing to satisfy that hop craving with the impending return, and new look, of their popular Maiden The Shade IPA.

Dubbed a ‘Summer IPA’ by Ninkasi, Maiden The Shade boasts a combination of eight different hops and flaked barley for a smooth finish.  It will be available at Ninkasi and on craft beer store shelves wherever Ninkasi beers are sold starting on May 1st.

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Pike No. 4 Session IPA Is Here For The Summer

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Most craft beer drinkers I know enjoy a good IPA or double IPA, and lord knows we have an abundance of great IPAs to choose from, especially here in the Northwest.  Trying to find a brewery or craft beer bar around here without an IPA on tap would be an exercise in futility.

Now, with those long Summer evenings upon us, it feels like we have a few more hours in the day to enjoy all those IPAs.  The problem is, too many strong single or double IPAs and you’ll go down long before the Sun does.  The solution, of course, is the Session IPA.  Session IPAs are designed to be hoppy on the palate but are lower in alcohol, allowing you to enjoy a few more without feeling like it’s time for bed.

Pike Brewing Company understand this so, back for the Summer is their Seasonal release: Pike No. 4 Session IPA.  This light and refreshing IPA comes in at just 4.2% ABV, meaning you can throw back a few more while enjoying the game or tossing some meat on the grill, and still be the life of the party.

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New Summer Beers From McMenamins

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Spring is in full swing and Summer is right around the corner.  While I’m still enjoying the occasional Stout or Porter (because, let’s face it, they’re awesome), the warmer weather has my palate turning back towards Pale Ales, IPAs and other lighter beers.

With Summer just about here, it’s time for Summer beers to start returning.  McMenamins is ready to oblige with 3 new limited edition, small-batch beers: Jalapeño Miel De Oro Ale, Squeeze Play IPA and Hop Gremlin Double IPA, as well as one returning seasonal: Copper Moon, and they’re all releasing this month.

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Craft Beer And Cider Events To Round Out Your Summer

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It’s been a warm Seattle Summer.  With temperatures reaching into the high 90’s the other day, however, I know a lot of people who are glad that the rain is back, at least briefly, and the temperatures are dropping a bit.  Personally, I don’t mind the warmer temperatures we’ve been having.  Our Summers are traditionally pretty short here in the Northwest, so I say enjoy the heat while it’s here.  Soon enough the clouds and rain will be back for months on end (*muffled cheers from the back of the room*).

The warm Summer weather is also a great excuse to drink some beer styles I don’t always seem to get enough of: Saisons, Pilseners, German Lagers and, of course, the first Fresh Hops beers of the season are starting to appear.  Two Beers Brewing (CBM Sponsor) was first out of the gate again this year, releasing their 2014 Fresh Hop ale just this past weekend.

Summer also means lots of craft beer and craft cider events.  We’ve already had several this Summer, including: The Pacific Northwest Cider Awards at Seattle Cider Company, The 3rd Annual IPA Invitational at The Sixgill, Big Al Brewing‘s 6th Anniversary Celebration, Parkway Tavern‘s 79th Anniversary Celebration and many, many more.

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