We’re nearly two weeks into 2015 and this is our first post of the year. What gives? We just needed just a little break after all the craziness of the holidays and the busy schedules that accompany year-end. We’ve used the last few weeks to recharge and regroup, and now we’re ready to bring you all the news in brews for another year! Don’t think for a moment that during this brief absence we turned our back on beer. Heavens to Betsy, no! We’ve been busy visiting local breweries and we have a plethora of new adventures to share with you in the upcoming weeks. Let’s just say we’re off to a slow start. And speaking of slow…
A new year-round session IPA will be hitting the shelves this month, this one from New Belgium Brewing: Slow Ride IPA. Slow Ride IPA features a blend of hops that include Target, Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin. The blend is said to give this beer a tropical and fruity aroma of melon, peach, lime and grapefruit, with a similar flavor profile and well-balanced bitter finish with 40 IBUs.
According to New Belgium the name Slow Ride is a reference to the slow ride competition that takes place at their Tour de Fat events, in which bicyclists are encouraged to reach the finish line as slowly as possible and just enjoy the ride. Much in the same way with the Slow Ride IPA, you can enjoy an afternoon drinking session with this 4.5% ABV beer and not worry about crossing the line, so to speak, by getting too intoxicated.
We love IPAs and welcome this trend towards more session-able options, especially from our great Colorado craft breweries. Big IPAs are awesome but they’re not always appropriate for every event. If we’re spending the afternoon enjoying a bunch of brews with some friends, we like to know we can reach for something with a lower ABV and not have to sacrifice quality. A craft session IPA is the beer version of having your cake and eating it, too. Only instead of having cake we’re drinking beer. It’s drinking our beer and then drinking more beer, too. You get the picture.
Watch for Slow Ride IPA to hit store shelves this month. If you want updates on exactly when and where Slow Ride Session IPA will be available near you, set up an alert on the New Belgium Brewing Beer Finder and get notified when and where to make that beer run.