The next release in Firestone Walker’s Luponic Distortion IPA Series is set to arrive with a bold new look that doubles down on the mantra of “flavors through hops.” Luponic Distortion No. 10 will begin shipping to all Firestone Walker markets starting this week.
Luponic Distortion is not a single beer, but rather an ongoing series of beers that rotate roughly every 120 days. While the base beer always remains the same, each release features a different hop blend built around new and experimental hops, designed to showcase the growing possibilities of pure hop aromas and flavors without any assist from fruit or other adjuncts.
“For the milestone 10th release of Luponic Distortion, we are magnifying what this series is all about,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “This latest release features a cross-continental hop blend that just pops with amazing fruit flavors, and it comes with a fresh package reminding everyone that these flavors are derived solely through hops.”
Luponic Distortion No. 10 features a blend of seven hops, led by three cultivars from the Pacific Northwest, Germany and Australia. Collectively, these hops combine to present fruity aromas and flavors of mango creamsicle, peach ring and ruby grapefruit.
“Luponic Distortion No. 10 exemplifies everything we’ve learned so far about hop blending,” Brynildson said. “It’s not just about getting specific flavors from a specific hop, but also how you can blend and distort these hops together to amplify different qualities.”
He added, “The hops that are coming out of the experimental fields are mindbending in terms of the aromas and flavors they are delivering. What we’ve learned by making nine iterations of Luponic Distortion is that people are really loving the hops with these New World tropical characters—and these are the hops that are also exciting us as brewers.”
For this reason, Luponic Distortion No. 10 is a sign of things to come for the series.
“While we’re still going to evolve this beer using a bunch of different hops, we’re tightening the stylistic bandwidth and focusing on these emerging hops that really pop with different fruit flavors,” Brynildson said. “In that sense, No. 10 is the start of a new chapter for Luponic Distortion.”
Release No. 10 also marks a new look for the Luponic Distortion series. Gone are the green color motif and “revolution” numbers, replaced by bright new hues, a new hop burst icon and simpler “series” numbers. The words “Flavors Through Hops” are also boldly proclaimed.
“Despite the success of Luponic Distortion, we found that some consumers were still confused by it—they didn’t understand that it rotated, they weren’t sure of the style of the beer, and they didn’t realize that you could get these amazing fruit flavors without adding actual fruit to the beer,” said David Macon, Firestone Walker’s vice president of sales and marketing. “This new package solves all of that, and I think people are going to love the look.”
Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a pioneering regional craft brewery founded in 1996 and located on the coast of California. Firestone Walker’s main brewery in Paso Robles produces a diverse portfolio ranging from iconic pale ales to vintage barrel-aged beers. The Barrelworks facility in Buellton makes eccentric wild ales, while the Propagator pilot brewhouse in Venice specializes in R&D beers and limited local offerings.