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Fitger’s Brewhouse Sochi Series

SochiSeries_Poster_GenericThe gang at The Brewhouse in Duluth is celebrating the Olympics in their very own way, with a series of beers, art and swag revolving around the theme. And with around twenty Minnesotans headed to Sochi to compete, it seems appropriate! Cheer on your favorite Minnesota curler, xc skier, hockey player, speed skater or biathlete and grab a Brewhouse brew.

For this series, each of their brewers developed their own recipe –  a collaboration of brewer creativity. And to make mirror the Olympic games, they set up a little competition, pitting IPA vs. IPA. One IPA was brewed with 25 different hops from around the world and another was brewed with 25 different kinds of hops from the US. You can just hear the chants now, “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

These beers will be available starting Monday, February 3rd. Like the Olympics, beers will be poured at different venues. Look for World IPA, Back End Wee Heavy, Slippery Slope Stout, and eventually USA IPA will be at theBrewhouse. You’ll find USA IPA and eventually World IPA at Burrito Union. USA Curling Capital can be found at Redstar. If you want all 7, the Rathskellar in the basement of Tycoons is the place to go—but pace yourself, these are big beers!

Details on the beers, you ask? Here they are:

Back End Wee Heavy (ABV 9%, SRM 22, IBU 28)
Drawing on inspiration from the birthplace of curling, this Scotch Ale will keep you warm on or off the ice. Pours a rich brown color with garnet highlights and offers aromas of roast malt & toffee. Flavors of chocolate paired with a malty sweetness belie a substantial alcohol content. Named after the strategizing & shot-calling mem- bers of a curling team (the third and skip), this Back End may just put you on yours.
Iron Curtain Imperial Red (ABV 8.2%, SRM 27, IBU 80)
“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.” Winston Churchill coined this phrase in times of war. As we approach the Winter Olympics in a time of peace, we reflect on a time when The Iron Curtain ruled that landscape. Iron Curtain is a high gravity red ale with caramel-like malt flavors. A Simcoe and Centennial hop regiment balances the alcohol and malt pro- files with notes of citrus and pine. Enjoy!
Performance Enhancing Pils* (ABV 7.5%, SRM 6, IBU 81)
A light and smooth but rich malt character mixes with intense aromas from the noblest of hops. Perfect for warming up by the fire or a long-winded toast to the snow gods; this robust “Überpils” will make any day feel like a powder day.
* Will not actually increase performance.

Slippery Slope (ABV 8.3%, SRM 55, IBU 48)
Dessert on the ski slopes, ya say? This milk stout was brewed with over 120 lbs of coconut and 15 lbs of cacao nibs. Lactose lends a super smooth and full mouthfeel, found in very few styles. Be careful though, having too much of this dessert will leave you slippery on any surface.
USA Curling Capital (ABV 8.7%, SRM 38, IBU 100)
USA Curling Capital is dark in color, packed full of hop flavor and malt character. American and New Zealand hops meet Belgian yeast for a beer with an international flair. Our fair city of Duluth can be considered the curling capital of the US as we are again the home of the US Men’s Curling Team. Enjoy with pride as you cheer on our athletes to victory in the Winter Olympics in Sochi!
The World 25/25 IPA (ABV 7.5%, SRM 10, IBU 110)
The World is part of two batches of beer we made for the Sochi Series honoring the athletes in the upcoming Olympic games. This beer features 25 different hops grown all over the world. Hops from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, U.K., Germany, Austria, and Czech Republic were added to the kettle over 25 hop additions. Every 5 minutess we added 1 pound. We then open fermented this beer with Burton Ale yeast and very aggressively dry hopped. This is simply a hop bomb. Meant to be sipped and to be compared to its counterpart USA 25/25 IPA.
USA 25/25 IPA (ABV 8.5%, SRM 10, IBU 110)
USA is part of two batches of beer we made for the Sochi Series honoring the athletes in the upcoming Olympic games. This beer features 25 different American grown hops added to the kettle over 25 hop additions. Every 5 minutes we added 1 pound. We then fermented with American yeast and very aggressively dry hopped twice during fermentation. This is simply a hop bomb. Meant to be sipped and to be compared to its counterpart The World 25/25 IPA.