Alaskan Spruce IPA Leads New Rotating Series for 2018
New styles, local ingredients, and iconic packaging featured
By the Alaskan Brewing Company
JUNEAU, Alaska (December 22, 2017) – In 2018, Alaskan Brewing will be changing up their rotating seasonal offerings, launching a new focus on three products that will not be strictly tied to seasons. The new packages and beers will concentrate on beer style and the Alaskan brew crew’s dedication to local ingredients and brews that are long-standing fan favorites. The new rotating beers will feature labels with iconic symbols of Alaska, with the Snowy Owl representing Spruce IPA debuting this January.
“We have been brewing with Sitka spruce tips for years, and we started getting interested in how well they can complement the hop flavors” said Plant Manager Curtis Holmes. “In the past we’ve used spruce tips in sweeter beers, which brings out a citrus or berry quality, but when used in hoppy beers like IPAs, we found the evergreen and woody character played a more prominent role in producing the complexity of flavors and aromas in our IPA.”
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"Alaskan Spruce IPA" label.
“Over the past few years, as we’ve brewed more beer varieties with Sitka spruce tips, we analyzed how Sitka spruce tips compare to different hop varieties, and found that there are many similarities between spruce tips and hops,” remarked David Wilson, Quality Assurance Manager. “Both ingredients contain B-Pinene, which imparts a citrus, pine character. We try to brew with local ingredients whenever possible, and it’s been pretty cool to discover that this indigenous Alaskan tree has some comparable properties to hops.”
Wilson noted that Spruce has been used as an ingredient in brewing for hundreds of years. In some instances, entire boughs are soaked during the brewing process. By using only newly budded springtime spruce tips from the Sitka Spruce tree, which have a delicate citrus, sweet character, Alaskan Brewing spruce beers have an unmistakable aroma and flavor.
“We think it’s a great fit to expand our IPA selection with Spruce IPA this spring - with a nod to our Alaskan roots,” Wilson said.
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Two new additional offerings from the Alaskan Brewing Company: Kölsch (above) and Cranberry Tart.
Spruce IPA will be available where Alaskan beer is sold through April 2017.