Summit Brewing Delivers Two-tier IPA Six-pack

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Summit Brewing is giving consumers a chance to do a two-tier tasting with one six-pack with the release of “Us & Them.”

The 21st beer in the limited-release Unchained Series was released the third week of February. Crafted by brewer Gabe Smoley, “Us & Them” has deconstructed the mash of Summit’s popular Sága IPA recipe into two unique “threads”: a hoppy and intense American IPA and a complex but subtle Session IPA.

This unique brewing experience explores the two extreme flavor profiles and drinking differences a consumer can discover in one package from one, original recipe.

Unchained 21 six-packs include three bottles of each brew to compare them side by side.

“I wanted to do more with this project than just make a beer,” Smoley said. “I wanted to do something different. Something that legitimately offered our Summit fans a truly real craft beer drinking experience.

“The Us & Them project, for me, does just that. It takes something people are familiar with in our Sága IPA beer and pulls it apart into two polar opposites of itself.”

Using historic brewing ideas and practices like parti-gyle and multi-thread brewing, Smoley feels that he is, “offering our drinkers something honest, something different, and something nobody else has given them.”

Made with 2-Row and Caramel malts and hopped with Horizon, Centennial, Amarillo, Citra, and Rakau, the first thread (which is dry-hopped with Rakau) checks in at 7.2 percent with an IBU of 90. The second thread is a 4.0 percent beer with an IBU of 55.

The first thread is saffron in color while the second has a sunglow yellow.

The Unchained Series, which saw its first batch in 2009, allows each of Summit’s individual brewers to showcase their creativity by letting them break free from the norm and create their own beer.

“We’re fortunate to have eight phenomenal brewers at Summit,” said Mark Stutrud, founder and president of Summit. “The Unchained Series is a way for our brewers to showcase their artistry. There are no budgetary restraints, no outside influences from a sales team, and the brewers are free to collect ingredients from anywhere in the world. As long as it’s legal, they have complete autonomy.”

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