Tommyknocker Brewing (Idaho Springs, CO) brewed this beer to celebrate our neighbor Alabama finally getting to join the 21st century of beer drinking. It’s been 1 year since the passage of “Free The Hops” a bill Georgia passed in 2004 allowing higher gravity (gourmet) beers to enter the state. In Alabama this allowed beers higher than 6%, with the ceiling of 14% abv. This is the first time that Tommyknocker designed a beer from start to finish for a single cause.
From Brewmaster Steve Indrehus:
“The beer’s release co-insides with the one year anniversary of the passing of the Gourmet Beer Bill, the Fourth Annual Magic City Brewfest, and the First Annual Alabama Beer Week,” says Steve Indrehus, head brewmaster at Tommyknocker, “This brew is a tribute to all of Alabama’s craft beer retailers and consumers that have supported our small little mountain town brewery.” The beer is described as “characterized by an intermingling of spicy citrus hops and chocolate nose,” and comes in at a hefty 7% ABV and 78 IBUs. It uses 4 different varieties of grains as well 5 different types of hops and is just one of many great examples of craft beer that are now available across the state of Alabama.
Style: Rye Beer
Hops: Chinook, Newport, Glacier, Nugget and Summit. Dry hopped w/ 40 lbs of hops.
Malts: Idaho Pale Malt, European Crystal, Chocolate malt and Chocolate rye
Taste Expectations: Lots of piney/Citrus/floral hops. Rye in flavor. Chocolate malts, roasty, sweet malts. Rye vs. IPA the showdown.
Availability: 22oz bombers