While it's definitely still summer, we work about a half-season ahead here in the brewery. That means it's time to bottle Harvest Ale! Harvey has been fermenting away in our new tanks, and now that it's ready, it tastes delicious. Keep an eye out for the 6- and 12-packs soon!
For more info on our Ipswich Harvest Ale click HERE
When the Alchemist’s John Kimmich learned that his wife and brewing partner, Jen had been diagnose with celiac disease, the Vermont brewers knew that they had to create a gluten free offering that was tasty and could be enjoyed by the masses. John, the creator of the famed Alchemist Heady Topper, is no stranger to formulating top notch recipes, so a little experimenting and many test batches later Celia Saison was born.
“John really likes the Celia Saison because the spiciness from the Belgian yeast strain complements the sorghum,” Kimmich said. “Instead of trying to mask the sorghum, they really work well together.” The judges of the World Beer Cup couldn’t have agreed more because in 2010 the cleverly named Saison took the Gold Medal Award for the best Gluten Free Beer in the world.
We were humbled and excited when John approached us at the Ipswich Ale Brewery to brew a commercial batch of the Celia Saison and even more humbled when he eventually offered to let us adopt and sell it as an Ipswich Ale Brewery product. We’re proud to be able to continue to brew this recipe for those with celiac disease and distribute it to fans of Ipswich Ale and the Alchemist alike.
As always, the beer will be available in 4 packs. Packaging for the beer will maintain the same artwork, but will now don an Ipswich Ale logo. We bottled the first run of the saison this morning and expect it to start making its way to shelves in the next couple weeks!
Cheers to all!
On March 29, Operations Manager James Dorau joined Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm regional site manager Bethany Groff for a lively discussion of how craft brewers and historic sites can and should work together called Taverns, Teams, and Tastings: Lucrative Partnerships with a Twist. They were part of a day-long workshop presented by the New England Museum Association. James was the belle of the ball as he made the case for why fresh, local craft beer should be embraced by community and cultural leaders, and enjoyed by all. "Tell me you don't like beer, and I'll find one that will change your mind", he said.
Thanks to Bethany Groff for the write up!
Although it’s technically still fall, Winter is here, in bottles and in the air!
This year we’ve really outdone ourselves for the winter season with the addition of two new products to our line up. We’re happy to announce the NEW Winter Mix pack including a new seasonal offering the Ipswich Rye Porter.
This mixed pack is stuffed with a little something for everyone: 4 Ipswich Winter Ales, 4 Ipswich Original Pale Ales and 4 NEW Ipswich Rye Porters.
At 6.3% the new Rye Porter is a dark rich brew. Lush with dark chocolate aroma, its toasty chocolate malts are a perfect compliment to the dryness that the rye brings. It’s incredible smoothness will leave you eager for each delightful sip. At a recent tasting here at the brewery the Rye porter was thought to be a perfect companion to a cold winter evening by the fire. What’s better is this beer will also be available in 22oz bottles for individual sale!
Ipswich Winter Ale is also back for the season. A British style Old Ale perfect for easing the cold winter months, our Winter Ale offers a malt selection with hints of fig and chocolate and a touch of molasses, creating the perfect cozy balance of hops and malt. Find this brew on Draft, and in 22oz Bottles, 6 packs, 12 Packs and the new Winter mixed pack!
With all that surrounds the holidays and the advent of winter weather we hope that the new additions to our lineup will keep you warm and happy! Find them now at a store near you and savor the season!
It might be summer still but here at the Ipswich Ale Brewery we're in full blown Ipswich Harvest Ale mode! Around the brewery we've gotten into the habit of calling this brew "Harvey".
Today we did our first run of this tasty dry-hopped America red ale.
Highly regarded among hop-lovers, our Harvest Ale is a balanced and flavorful autumnal offering, to be enjoyed during the cool, crisp days of fall. We use a darker Caramunich malt and just a touch of chocolate malt along with a blend of Warrior, Ahtanum, and Columbus hops.