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New Beer Alert: Shore Storm East Coast IPL

Shore Storm is on the horizon! This East Coast IPL is a brand-new beer to us, and it's now available in the Tap Room. For some more info on this too-hot-to-handle style, we present Brewmaster Oliver Roberts!

1. What makes an East Coast IPL an East Coast IPL? 
The differentiation is versus the West Coast IPA style, which is a dryer, hop-bitterness-focused beer. EC IPAs are about the fruity flavors that come from dry-hopping and with more malt sweetness. We make ours with lager yeast, thus IPL rather than IPA. The goal is the same: heavy fruit flavors and aromas derived from hops.
2. East Coast styles are #sohotrightnow. How will styling this beer as a lager make it stand out/make it different?
I think making a lager out of this style will add an extra layer of smoothness to the beer and a definitive ability to actually pick out the hops that were used.
3. What hops do you use in it? Talk about the Aroma and Flavor Infusion Chamber (AFIC) process. 
We took a different approach than most others versions. We used Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe in the brewhouse and fermenter. Then we used Michigan grown Cascade leaf hops and Simcoe in the AFIC. Many versions of this still stay away from the "C" hops, and opt for more fruity, exotic hops varieties. I know our yeast and what it can do for fruit-forward flavors of "C" hops, so we went that direction.
4. Where does the name come from? 
The name comes from envisioning the powerful force of an ocean storm (the ominous East Coast IPA style taking over the craft beer world) colliding with the established shoreline (craft beer and especially lagers) that can be reshaped by the looming storm ready to change it, perhaps for some time to come.

Winter Beer Releases

The holidays are over, and winter is with us for the long haul. Whether the snow and ice are already fraying your nerves or you're embracing the season, one thing that always makes winter a little warmer is beer! And we've got some great ones coming out for you in the next couple of months.

First up: Revilo India Red Lager, our February seasonal (it's an India RED lager, after all). This is a hoppy, punchy brew -- no, really, we mean it: it's made with Chinook, Saaz, Hallertau, Cascade, AND Tettnanger hops. It is smooth and delicious and at 6.8%, gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. Revilo, we heart you. 

Next, High -n- Dry Rye Pilsner joins us once again! This simple brew is made on a Canadian Pils base with a ton of rye and Saaz hops to provide some zippy, spicy bitterness. 5% abv / 36 IBUs.

Shiny New Toy is a copper lager aged on oak, and it is oh-so-smooth and delicious. Complemented by vanilla notes from the oak and built on a big base of Munich malt, Shiny New Toy is one of our most sought-after winter brews. Available soon! 

Hunger in the Hunt needed a little extra time to do its thing, and it's just about ready now. This huge beer is brewed with four different hops (Cascade, Chinook, Warrior, and Columbus), and oh boy, is it juicy-fresh and delicious. The last time we made this, we barely caught our breath and it was gone, gone, gone! So if you were despairing the end of hoppy season with the arrival of cold air, fear not: this is one hop monster that will keep you warm and toasty at 11%+ abv. 

Carcajou is a rye beer with a really fun grain bill, with stars like Rye, Canadian Pils, and Honey Malt. This smooth, flavorful brew is balanced by just a touch of Northern Brewer hops. Available soon!