Baxter to Release Ice Storm of ’98 New England IPA

Baxter Brewing Company will release their winter seasonal Ice Storm of ’98 on December 30, 2020. The latest in Baxter’s seasonal offerings pays homage the infamous winter storm that besieged the northeast United States and Canada two decades ago, and the resolute spirit of the Mainers that endured.

“[This] was a fun beer to develop,’ says Baxter Quality Director, Merritt Waldron. “We are using new school hopping techniques in order to drive tropical and juicy hop aromas.”

“The goal was to make a New England IPA for New Englanders,” Waldron adds. “Those who survived the ice storm of ‘98 know that Maine winters can be long and hard. We think the result will make you think of warmer days to come.”

Head Brewer, Justin Blouin, elaborated on the unconventional brewing process used to create Ice Storm’s lush character, which includes “cooling [the] wort from kettle to whirlpool to extract less alpha from the hops.”

“Ice Storm of ’98 has been one of the most interesting projects I have been a part of here at Baxter,” says Blouin.” “I am looking forward to sharing it with all Baxter fans because it should be considered a consistent, ‘go-to’ beer for the masses.”

For Baxter President Jenn Lever, the beer’s resonance with history is it’s most indelible quality. “Ice Storm of ’98 represents the tenacity of this state and its people. If you didn’t live through it, you are sure to have heard about it. We made this beer to be big, bold, and hazy, to honor mother nature and all that winter in Maine can encompass.”

Ice Storm of ‘98 (5.8% ABV) will be available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans from December 2020 through March 2021 wherever Baxter Brewing products are sold. It may also be ordered online at for curbside pick-up at The Pub in the historical Bates Mill building in Lewiston.

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