IPA PROJECT DAY EVER DECEMBER 12!
Say what?! The LAST IPA Project Day?!
Yes indeed. IPA Project Day 2009 will be the final one in the series we began five years ago... but it will not mark the conclusion of our annual varietal brewing program. See the story right below this one and brewmaster Brian O'Reilly's column farther down for more details and discover why this is not The End, but rather a New Beginning.
But before we starting thinking about 2009, let's all get together and celebrate 2008.
To mark our 13th anniversary this year, we brewed 13 different IPAs: our flagship Rt. 113 IPA, eleven single hop variations (Amarillo, Aurora, Cascade, Cluster, Fuggle, Galena, Horizon, Mt. Rainer, Perle, Sterling & Styrian Goldings) and, making its debut December 12, Odyssey Imperial IPA, which was brewed using all eleven varietal hops and which will also be debuting in 22oz bottles and cases. In addition to all those beers on tap, there will be three more on the handpumps: a firkin of both the 2007 and 2008 renditions of Odyssey and a cask of Rt. 113.
As usual, the beers will be available in three different flights and in 12oz and 16oz servings or by the pitcher. While we are unable to fill growlers that day because of the crowds and the limited supply of the varietals, we will have pre-filled growlers of Odyssey Imperial IPA for sale. For further details on all this and the rest of the day's plans--including the return our special HopHead Package--check out our website in early December.
We believe that this marks the greatest variety of IPAs ever served by a single brewery at one time. We hope you can join us in making history and thank you for all your support, enthusiasm and passion over our first thirteen years.
IPA PROJECT REINVENTED, NINE NEW HOPS TO BE USED IN PALE ALES
The successful and popular IPA Project program of brewing single hop variations throughout the year for release at both Sly Fox pubs and to selected venues in the Delaware Valley and New York City will morph into the Hop Project in 2009 and the featured style will be Pale Ale rather than IPA.
"We're excited about the challenge," director of brewing operations Tim Ohst says, "and to make it even more fun, we've contracted for nine new hops varieties for 2009, including some very rare ones from Argentina and Poland."
The change, as brewmaster Brian O'Reilly explains in his column below, was primarily a brewers' decision. After five years and 48 different IPA variations, it just seemed time to experiment with a different style of beer.
For general consumers and especially dedicated fans of the varietal releases, the new approach will have the benefit of increased availability of the beers. The Royersford brewery should be able to double its production of each varietal, meaning Hop Project taps will appear at more locations.
Most importantly, the Pale Ale program will maintain the basic experience of the original concept, exploring how the use of a single hop changes the nature of the beer and how the characteristics of the hops manifest themselves. Because Pale is a less complex and less heavily hopped style than is IPA, nuances are likely to be more subtle and rewarding for the true connoisseur.