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Skagit Brew Corner: New Nectar Ales

nectarredaleFeed your inner hummingbird with new tasty ales from Nectar Ale Company, one of Humboldt County’s and America’s early micro brew pioneers. Founded in 1987 on California’s Central Coast, Nectar recycles its spent brewing grains and uses 100% recycled paperboard and soy-based inks to reduce its environmental impact.

Nectar’s Red Ale – 5.4% Alcohol by volume / 35 IBU. Slightly sweet, this has a robust ruby colored brew has elegant floral and notes of toffee malt and crushed spices. It’s also an award winner, picking up a recent Gold Medal in the Great American Beer Festival’s American Style Amber Ale category. Modestly hoppy and easily drinkable with a bouquet of Chinook, Mt. Hood and Cascade varietals. Pair this lovely red ale with sharp cheese, chili and grilled meats.

Nectar India Pale Ale – 6.7% Alcohol by volume / 60 IBU. Designed for fans of hops, and lots of ’em. Intensely hopped yet boasting a moderate malty flavor, this IPA achieves a balanced bitterness with four fine West Coast hop varietals: Chinook, Cascade, Centennial, Mt. Hood and four smoothing malt blends: Premium Two Row, White Wheat Malt, Crystal 75 and Carapils. Pair with spicy foods, pizza and smoked salmon.

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.