Fresh off their medal at the Great American Beer Fest, Jack’s Abby Brewing has announced two new beers.
The two new beers are the Pumpkin Crop Lager and a beer I’m extremely excited about, Kiwi Rising.
The Pumpkin Crop Lager is made with 100 fresh pumpkins and 40 squash that were picked on the Hendler brothers’ family farm.
“We prepared, cooked, and pureed all the gourds,” said head brewer Jack Hendler. “A blend of autumn spices adds to the intense pumpkin flavors. We’re also using locally grown triticale.”
The Pumpkin Crop Lager is 5.5 percent ABV.
Kiwi Rising is a totally different beast of a beer. It is a a DIPL, or double India pale lager that comes in at a hefty 8.5 percent ABV. This was one of my favorite beers brewed in 2011.
Hendler said the beer is “an intensely hoppy strong lager that we like to refer to as a Double India Pale Lager. All New Zealand hops (Kiwi hops) were used in progressively larger hop additions throughout the brewing process. Over four pounds of hops per barrel were used to create this specialty beer between four kettle hop additions, the use of our hop back and three hop additions.”
In other Jack’s Abby news, the brothers have announced that they are expanding its production capacity by adding two 80 barrel tanks and one 40 barrel tank.
That means even more great lagers for us Jack Abby fans and that’s good.