SIGNATURE NEW ENGLAND-STYLE IPA

Southern Hemisphere Lupujus 5 (ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 35, SRM 3)

Many of the highest rated beers in the country have a similar characteristic: a juice-like profile stemming from evolutionary hopping techniques.  The Lupujus 5 (named after the Latin taxonomy for hops: humulus lupulus) is one of our 4-part signature series of New England-style IPAs brewed in a style not yet done in Montana.  At 4lbs of hops per barrel, this is our most heavily hopped beer, but is done so in creative ways to minimize the bitterness and accentuate the “juiciness” of the hops.  This beer is extravagantly DOUBLE dry-hopped at perfect moments to allow the yeast to interact with the hops, thus creating a biotransformation of the two substances that result in something magical.  In many ways, it mirrors the vision of this brewery: i.e. combine different ingredients in order to create a transcendent and positive impact on society.  Enjoy.  Celebrate.  Make an impact.

Hyperspace Mango Milkshake IPAHyperspace Mango Milkshake IPA (ABV: 6.0%, IBU: 40, SRM 4)

Five years ago, putting milk sugar (lactose) in an IPA was anathema…until a handful of breweries in the Northeast started making the best beers in the country this way. Normally used to create a silky mouthfeel in milk stouts, lactose lends a creaminess to this style of beer that balances the extreme use of hops. Like the LUPUJUS, this beer is hopped in evolutionary ways to create a massive flavor and aroma profile without bitterness. 2lbs of mango puree was added during fermentation to give the huge tropical hops in the beer an extra, complimentary boost, making this the most expressive beer we have ever made. The opaque haze is intentional, engineered to not only smell and taste like a tropical milkshake, but to also look like one. Think of this as LUPUJUS 2.0. This beer is dedicated not only to Han Solo, but to all the other rebel scum in our society who are infusing their life energy to make the United States more just and welcoming for all people.

HOUSE BREWS

Merging Waters River Ale (ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 25, SRM: 5)

This extra special golden ale was designed specifically to imbibe while enjoying our neighboring Clark Fork River.   Malt of the highest quality from the UK combines with smooth hops from the US to create a sessionable beer with soul. While sipping, reflect on the final paragraph of the story that put MT on the map:  “In the end, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”  This crisp ale is brewed with the finest American and English malt and touched off with noble hops to deliver a clean, refreshing partner with which to look south and contemplate Missoula’s greatest asset.

Freedom Fighter (New Coast) IPA (ABV: 6.8%, IBU: 65, SRM: 6)

Our house IPA is a homage to the greatest freedom fighter of the last century, Mohandas Gandhi—a beer we originally brewed on the anniversary of his assassination. To salute the giant of nonviolence and Indian independence, we packed this India Pale Ale with the best hops Yakima has to offer, but did so in a way to emphasize the wonderful flavor and aroma of Northwest hops, rather than the grating bitterness. This is the evolution of Freedom Fighter; it transcends the divide between the West and East Coasts to create combination of the best of both. What results is a beer bold like the Mahatma, bursting with big tropical hop notes, but still balanced to reflect his ability to reach across the political spectrum to make positive change that continues to affect millions.

 

SEASONALS

Transparence Sparkling Winter Ale (ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 32, SRM 3)

Sparkling Ales are one of the more recent beer style inventions. Originating in England not 30 years ago, sparkling ales are the lightest color of British pale ales, normally brewed in summer. We love the style so much, we brew it multiple times of the year, using the same malt profile, but using different hops to exemplify the characteristic of the respective season. This winter sparkling ale uses both Simcoe and Centennial hops to impart a fruity, yet piney quality that brings you close to the experience of eating fruitcake and cutting down a Christmas tree at the same time. (That sentence is a bit too much). We name this beer after Simone de Beauvoir, the famous French philosopher and feminist, who said, “I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.”  Here’s to that radiant transparence for everyone this winter. (2)

The Unifier Extra Special Brown (ABV: 6.1%, IBU: 42, SRM: 20)

In an increasingly polarized country, there are a few things we can learn from Nelson Mandela.  In order to build a modern South Africa, he constantly reached out to those who looked and thought differently than he to expand his own understanding of critical issues.  An extra special brown is a well-hopped American brown ale, full of bold flavors.  In the spirit of Madiba, this beer unifies 7 different malts with both American and English hops to produce a diverse beer to stimulate your own ideas for how to reconcile gaps in our society.  Impilo! (4)

Widening Circles Dusseldorf Sticke Altbier (ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 42, SRM: 14)

Fear closes people down.  At INBC, we would rather live by the words of 20th Century German mystic, poet, and author, Ranier Maria Rilke, who said, “I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.”  Most German beers use lager yeasts—hence producing lagers—but the brewers in Dusseldorf make a special kind of ale that is then lagered—German for “to store”—at near freezing  temperatures for extended periods of time.  This sticke (strong) alt (old) bier (beer) combines 7 different malts to give an extremely nuanced aroma and flavor and has been lagered for more than 6 weeks to produce a remarkably smooth, yet robust winter ale to keep you warm even on the coldest evenings. Keep expanding.  (3)

 

Nonconformity Foreign Extra Stout (ABV:7.0%, IBU: 52, SRM: 34)

In October, we held a homebrew competition with first prize being the chance to take the winning brew to the professional level. Jeff Shearer, the president of the local Zymurgists Homebrewing club, won with this stout. Traditionally, foreign extra stouts were brewed with higher alcohol and more hops to preserve the kegs as they were exported overseas. This foreign extra stout is big, but delightfully smooth with dark fruit and milk chocolate nuances that balance extremely well with the Centennial hops used in the process. One of Jeff’s inspirations was the great conservationist Aldo Leopold. This beer is brewed in his honor and draws its name from one of his quotes: “Nonconformity is the highest evolutionary attainment of social animals.” Here’s to nonconforming, Aldo, and Jeff for the great recipe. (5)

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