Fishing Opener Must-Have: Fulton’s All-New Walleye Hop Kingdom American IPA

Finally, a walleye that’s always willing to be slayed. From the brewery known for its history of crafting notable IPAs, Fulton introduces its newest member of the heralded Hop Kingdom family – the Walleye American IPA– just in time for Minnesota’s favorite sign of summer – the fishing opener. It’s also taking its rightful spot as the featured beer at the Governor’s Fishing Opener in Lake City, Minn.

Much like Minnesota’s state fish, the newest member of Fulton’s popular Hop Kingdom family has been long dreamt about. Ryan Petz, Fulton founder, CEO and native North Shore angler adds, “I think IPA lovers looking for “reel” therapy after a day on the water will find respite in this light bodied, low ABV American IPA that’s drinkable long past the fish fry.”

In the land of 10,000 IPAs, this cooler beer is a real catch. Not drying, easy to drink and perfect for the boat or shore. Crafted for unspooling lakeside stories of lures and lore, balanced hop notes of Citra, Mosaic, and Motueka marry sweet grapefruit piths and bitter orange peel for an American IPA fit for the walleye capital of the world. From Bemidji to Baudette and Garrison to Grand Marais – Minnesota’s fishing season has an official beer and this one is a “shore” thing.  

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Even if your boat looks more like a La-Z-Boy®, this new American IPA is the perfect salve for your story about the one that got away. Approachable, unpretentious, and affirming as your prized catch grows larger with each iteration. 

Fulton’s latest catch can be found near all the hottest fishing spots around the state and beyond starting this week. On fishing opener weekend (May 10-11) look for featured specials on the new walleye brew and slot limit ruler giveaways at favorite lakeside watering holes including Tally’s Dockside in White Bear Lake, Kelly’s Lake House in Lake City and at the Governor’s Opener Community Celebration at Ohuto Beach Park in Lake City.

Local illustrator and Marvel Comics artist Brent Schoonoverhas sketched the entire Hop Kingdom family (300 IPA/Stag, Hazy IPA/Wolf, Juicy IPA/Fox, Imperial IPA/Bear, American IPA/Walleye) drawing inspiration from the iconic array of animals that symbolize Minnesota’s hardy ecosystem. Fulton’s Hop Kingdom labels celebrate a trifecta of animal personalities, hop characteristics, and Minnesota habitats.

In 2023, Fulton expanded its IPA offerings with the introduction of Hop Kingdom – a brand family of IPAs inspired by and made for Minnesotans. Propelled by Fulton’s 14-year history of brewing notable IPAs – from Sweet Child of Vine, the brewery’s first beer released in 2011, to 300 IPA, the most awarded beer in the portfolio’s history – one thing is clear: IPAs are in Fulton’s blood. 

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