WeldWerks, Our Mutual Friend, Firestone Walker Team Up on Collaboration IPA

Three breweries, spanning a variety of sizes and offering different specialties, have come together to brew a style of beer that has earned them each acclaim independently: IPA. 

For years, WeldWerks Head Brewer Skip Schwartz and Our Mutual Friend Brewing Head Brewer Jan Chodkowski have been friends in the brewing industry, collaborating on beers from time to time, including #Umbrellabeer, a fruited sour and Juicy Times, a mashup of OMF’s house West Coast IPA and WeldWerks’ Juicy Bits.

In 2018 Firestone Walker Brewer Brent Soutar was pouring beer at the inaugural WeldWerks Invitational where he met Skip, then with Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, and Jan. 

The brewery pals kept in touch over the years hoping to make a beer. Luckily for IPA fans, that time is now. 
Knock the Froth Off is a collaboration West Coast-Style India Pale Ale that releases at WeldWerks’ Greeley taproom and at Our Mutual Friend Brewing in Denver on Friday, January 7.

“West coast IPA has taken a slight backseat to new styles like hazy IPAs in recent times,” Soutar said. “We all brew in the western part of America and I’m from even further west in Australia, so we thought it was a fitting style.”

Named after Australian slang for ‘drinking beers,’ Knock the Froth Off is a 6.2% ABV beer that is one of the cleanest and clearest West Coast IPAs coming off of the WeldWerks Brite Tank to date. Brewed with Cascade, Chinook, Citra and Mosaic hops, this old school IPA has lots of citrus notes followed by pine and resine and a lingering bitterness that will sit on your tongue.

“West Coast IPAs are a proven style that both brewers and non-brewers alike still reach for over the years,” Chodkowski said. “It was fun to get together and brew a style that we all love.” 

Knock the Froth Off will be available in 16-ounce cans and on draft at WeldWerks Brewing and OMF on Friday, January 7, as well as at participating retail locations. Check WeldWerks’ Beer Finder for more information. 

“I love both of these guys and their beers, so to be able to open up some tank space, host them, and make a solid beer is kind of a dream come true,” Schwartz said. 

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