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Co-op Brew Corner: Local Summer Style

As we make our way toward bona fide summertime, quench your thirst with fresh brewed liquid relief. Look for a selection of local India Pale Ales to pair well with smoked meats, spicy foods and good company. Stock up on these seasonal craft releases in anticipation of warm, sunny days ahead.

Tropic Haze India Pale Ale

~ Silver City Brewing of Bremerton, WA ~ 6.4% alcohol by volume ~ 50 IBU ~ named for its characteristic “haze”, this fusion style IPA is an unfiltered passion project for an independent brewing leader. Tropic Haze combines the elegant texture of Northeast IPAs with the herbal zest of Pacific Northwest hops. Some brewers create a hazy IPA by adding extra hop sediment or leaving residual of yeast in suspension to create a foggy appearance. Not Silver City. They use a delicate combination of classified hops with rolled oats and flaked barley to imbue the brew with a silky texture and citrus flavor.

Take it from Kurt Larson, one of Tropic Haze’s creators: “There are hazier, murkier beers in the Northwest but few have of those have the velvety mouth feel, fruit character that is tropical and dynamic.”

Reubens Summer India Pale Ale

~ Reubens Brews of Seattle, WA  ~ 6.5% alcohol by volume ~ 50 IBU ~ a hop forward seasonal release with citrus fruit aromas and notes of bittersweet pink grapefruit and Meyer lemon. Reubens’ Brews has won numerous awards since opening its doors a few years ago. Their recent release has a medium light body and refreshing, slightly bitter finish.

Golden in color, with a light spritzy texture, this Summer IPA enhances the rich flavors of backyard BBQ fare. Enjoy it alongside spicy nachos, roasted vegetables, or this Co-op favorite recipe for tender Chickpea Burgers.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.