Stony Creek Brewery of Connecticut has announced the Crankenstein India Pale Ale (IPA) series, a new rotating selection of hybrid IPAs that merge West Coast and New England Style influences.
This concept is set to release in cans on January 15, 2018.
Each version or “Hatchling” is numbered and makes its appearance every other month. The 16-oz. cans will be sold in limited amounts in 4-packs throughout all markets where Stony Creek Beer is available.
The heart of this beer is west coast, the company says, described as clean, dry and bright, with a balancing bitterness. Crankenstein blends in New England-style with an “exceptional mouthfeel and lush hop aromas.”
“We’re making a stand with this beer,” says Andy Schwartz, Stony Creek’s Brewmaster. “We love the New England Style IPA, but we think it can, and should, evolve into something so much more. With the right brewing process and a bit of courage we can create something that just might challenge people to consider a new path in NEIPAs.”
“We took the New England style and added a little west coast attitude to it,” says Lead Brewer Gordon Whelpley. “We increased the bitterness ever so slightly, dried out the finish a touch and filtered the beer bright. This still leaves the same smooth body and huge juicy hop flavor and aromas, just balanced a bit better by the dryness and clean bright finish. It really is the best of both worlds.”
The series will launch with Hatchling 001, a 7.2% ABV IPA brewed with Simpsons Golden Promise Malt, Pilsner malt, and copious amounts of Simcoe and Citra hops for notes of passionfruit, and tropical citrus. Every two months a new Hatchling will release with a different combination of hops.
Stony Creek Brewery is a member of both the Brewers Association and the Connecticut Craft Beer Guild and is distributed in:
- Connecticut: Dichello Distributors, Hartford Distributors, Levine Distributing
- Maine: Federal Distributors, Maine Distributors, National Distributors, Valley Distributors
- Massachusetts: Horizon Beverage, Quality Beverage, Williams Distributing, Girardi Distributors
- New Hampshire: Amoskeag Beverages
- New York: D. Bertoline & Sons
- Rhode Island: Horizon Beverage
- Vermont: Ferrell Distributing