Ninkasi Hop Cooler Citrus IPA has joined the brewery’s year-round Flagship Series.
Fruity IPAs are here to stay. Highland Brewing recently added Mandarina IPA year-round, Stone’s Enjoy By Series now has a Tangerine IPA during the year, passionfruit highlights a new edition of Oskar Blues Passionfruit Pinner.
Now, Ninkasi Hop Cooler Citrus IPA, brewed with sweet orange, grapefruit and tangerine joins the increasing national lineup of fruity India pale ales. Hop Cooler is brewed with a strong lineup of hops, including Equinox, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Citra.
Bright and tropical, this India Pale Ale brilliantly layers a citrusy blend of orange and tangerine with a robust hop profile. Crafted with real citrus and packed with as much flavor as a hop cooler, you won’t be able to stop at just one sip of this fresh and fruity beer.
Ninkasi Hop Cooler Citrus IPA is available on draft, plus 12 and 22 ounce bottles. Year-round. The Flagship Series also features Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, and Dawn of the Red IPA.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-Round
Debut: Late July, 2016
Ninkasi Grapefruit Sour is on the horizon in Eugene, Oregon.
There is no doubt about it. Sour beer is on the rise in a American. Just 5 years ago, Berliner weisse, wild ales, and more were fairly hard to come by. Today, wild and sours are becoming the way of brewing life.
All that was poor segway into NInkasi Grapefruit Sour and the Heavy Kettle Project. This new (potential) beer is a kettle soured beer features both the lactic tartness of the souring process, but also of the grapefruit. The result is what Ninkasi touts as a crushable and extremely delicious beer – and just 5% alcohol by volume.
The Heavy Kettle Project fuses our love of metal and the process we use to create a lineup of smashingly fruitful American KettleSour beers. Refreshing in every way, this Grapefruit Sour melds bright citrus juice with a dry tartness from the souring process. Incredibly crushable and extremely delicious.
Grapefruit looks to kick off a series of kettle soured offerings in the new Heavy Kettle Series. Other series by the brewery includes Flagship (year-round), Seasonal, Special Release, R&D Series, and the Goddess Collection.
Ninkasi Grapefruit Sour will be a draft 22 ounce bottle release. The brewery has not yet announced this beer.
Style: (w/ Grapefruit)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
5% ABV, 7 IBUs
Ninkasi N10 celebrates the Eugene, Oregon brewery’s 10th Anniversary. You’ll be quite impressed with the blend.
Instead of making a whole new beer to cross the 10 year mark, the brewery is blending some of their more epic offerings. Ninkasi N10 breaks down like so:
- Imperial Stout, 50% of final blend
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, 10% of final blend
Imperial Total Domination IPA, 12.5% of final blend
Imperial Maiden the Shade IPA, 12.5% of final blend
Critical Hit Barleywine, 15% of final blend
The result looks to be a boozy, blend of two IPAs that are the cornerstone of much of the Ninkasi’s hoppy style, a touch of caramel from the barleywine, and chocolate and roasty notes from the imperial stouts. A fun way to celebrate indeed.
Ninkasi N10 will be available in July, in 22 ounce bottles.
Style: American Strong Ale
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Limited release.
Debut: July, 2016
10% ABV, 100 IBUs
Ninkasi Ginger & Juice Farmhouse Ale
Ninkasi Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r
This past summer, Ninkasi Brewing unveiled the Ninkasi Space Program (NSP). The goal? Send yeast to space and back, and use it in a new beer.
The first mission of NSP took flight with a rocket that was launched by the Civilian Space eXploration Team (CSXT) and Team Hybriddyne from Spaceport America. 16 vials of brewer’s yeast were packed on the first flight. Unfortunately, the payload was lost in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for 27 days, and the yeast perished.
In October of 2014, six more vials of brewer’s yeast was sent 77.3 miles upward, and back to Earth safely. Neil Armstrong would have been proud.
“After almost two years of research, development, lab time, and two separate rocket launches to garner space yeast, we have finally completed our mission,” says Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi CEO and co-founder. “It was a project born out of passionate people coming together to try something new and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”
The result is Ninkasi Ground Control, an imperial stout brewed with yeast that has touched the stars.
Ninkasi Ground Control is nuanced Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs. The brewery is “launching” the new offering on April 13, 2015 in 22oz bottles.
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Distribution: AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, NV, OR, WA. Canada: Alberta, BC, Vancouver
10% ABV, 80 IBUs
Fun fact: Eugene, Oregon based Neal Williams is the artist behind the Ground Control label, whose works include concert posters for Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Matthew Band, Interpol, and The Head & The Heart. Image via Ninkasi Brewing.