SIGNATURE NEW ENGLAND-STYLE IPA

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 Passion Fruit Milkshake IPA (ABV: 5.8%, 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. Less than 10lbs of passion fruit 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 into making 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

Navigator Dry Irish Stout (ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 34, SRM 32)

A thousand years before Columbus trounced this side of the globe, St. Brendan the Navigator of Ireland peacefully landed in what is now Virginia.  On his way, he discovered a mythical Island which he said was paradise on earth.  In ancient Gaelic, he named the island “the greatest of the great,” or Hy-Brasil (where the name Brazil originates).  Whether you’re in the mood for a jig or samba, this brew will aid the process.  The Navigator is made with roasted and flaked barley, a touch of chocolate malt, and English hops that stay true to the dark beauty of Irish stouts.

 

Joy Awakening Kölsch (ABV: 5.8% IBU: 28, SRM 4)

When thinking about the great beers of summer, Kölsch quickly rises to the top of the pack. It’s a light-colored ale originating from Cologne, Germany. These beers are fermented at lower temperatures and cold-conditioned longer to produce a smooth, crisp beer. This beer carries all those qualities, except it also incorporates the twist of using an unconventional, bold hops—Mandarina Bavaria and Motueka—to give this beer a little oompah and a hint of citrus. With this brew, we honor one of the greatest Germans of all time, Albert Einstein, who said that the primary goal of all teachers is the awaken joy in their students. Since we are all teachers and students in one form or another, here’s a PROST! to awakening joy in others and allowing it to be awakened in ourselves.

Na Fianna ESB (ABV: 5.7%, IBU: 37, SRM: 12)

In the time-honored tradition of naming English beers after Irish revolutionaries, Na Fianna (pronounced: Na Feena) was a mythical group of Irish warriors.  Myth gave way to the Fenians, a 19th century organization dedicated to the establishment of an independent Irish Republic.  An extra special bitter (ESB) is the strongest of English Pale Ales and carries the most misleading nomenclature of any beer style since most ESB’s are not very bitter.  This ESB layers 5 different specialty malts and 3 English hops to create a complex, drinkable beer to support the fermentation of your own conversations and connections.

Brasilience Summer American Pale Ale (ABV: 5.2%, IBU: 32, SRM 3)

For decades, Brazil has suffered from an incredibly corrupt political climate, where focus could be said to be on feeding itself, rather than the people of Brasil. Yet, even in the midst of what might seem hopeless, the Brazilians have an unbelievable resilience to maintain optimism and to celebrate life. This summer American pale ale recognizes this resilience and is a reminder that while we struggle for a better world, let us also take time to connect and celebrate life. As for the beer, if you haven’t noticed, we are obsessed with bright beers. Try holding it up to the sun. This beer has been engineered to radiate hop aroma and flavor. It’s a South American revolution against dull, malt-forward, traditional pale ales; this is light—fermented –and put into a glass. Celebrate together; Stay resilient.

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