If youâ€™re like me, the race to the top of the IBU and ABV charts has you seeking brewers with a lighter touch without compromising taste.
While weâ€™re stuck at home and the weather finally seems to be starting to cooperate, letâ€™s call them patio beers.
Sprecher brewmaster Craig Burge knows just what Iâ€™m talking about.
When I asked him about the breweryâ€™s new special release, ReFresh Button IPA, he said, "the goal was to keep it under the 20 IBU mark and we did that. The whole thing was to make it refreshing, so we didnâ€™t want it to be too malty, either."
There is malt â€“ pilsen, pale and dextrin â€“ in a mash bill that also has oats and wheat. And there are three kinds of hops: Mosaic, Centennial and what Burge calls, "kind of the secret weapon," Zythos, a proprietary hop blend that adds apricot and pineapple and other tropical notes to this easy-drinking 5 percent ABV beer.
(PHOTO: Sprecher Brewing Company)
"All the hopping was on the back end," Burge says, "none in the kettle. It was cool up brew this. We were able to use some techniques we donâ€™t donâ€™t usually use: No kettle bittering hops, just whirlpool and dry hopping. And it was a full double dry hop."
The flavor is juicy, but light, thanks to the hops, which are balanced with the malts to create a beer that isnâ€™t bitter, isnâ€™t malty and is, as Burge notes, "something you can drink more than one of."
The first batch of beer was being bottled and put into 400 cases on Wednesday, so it should start appearing at local retailers by perhaps next week.
Some other relatively low ABV local brews weâ€™ve been enjoying lately:
Third Spaceâ€™s Happy Place Midwest Pale Ale, which clocks in at 5.3 percent, and which boasts a beautiul body, juicy citrus and a lovey color.
Thankfully, itâ€™s becoming so widely available that even at places like Miller Park â€“ when it reopens â€“ you can enjoy whatâ€™s turned into one of the best and most reliable hometown beers.
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