After months of test batches and experimental releases, Drake’s Brewing Co. has announced the special release of Brightside Extra Brut IPA in six-packs. Drake’s has played a pioneering role in the development of the new Brut IPA style since it emerged at the beginning of 2018 in San Francisco. The pale, dry, highly-carbonated, Champagne-esque beer has quickly become an innovative platform for hop appreciation.
Fruity, crisp, and hoppy, Brightside Extra Brut IPA features notes of white grape skins, citrus rubbed pine needles, and orange creamsicle. Hop additions include Simcoe, Hallertau Mandarina, Centennial, and Hallertau Blanc. Amylase enzymes are added during production to fully ferment malt sugar, creating a super dry finish, which is a key characteristic of the Brut IPA style. Brightside Extra Brut IPA finished fermenting at 0.0 degrees plato and 7% alcohol by volume.
Drake’s Brewmaster, John Gillooly, was eager to experiment with Brut IPAs back in February. Gillooly and the Drake’s brewing team created five different Brut IPAs before finding the right balance of hop flavor, bitterness, and body for Brightside.
“Brewing a hoppy beer with minimal body, and an extremely crisp, dry finish, was incredibly appealing,” said Gillooly. “As hop-heads we’re stoked. The Brut IPA style lets the hops shine in a wholly unique way.”
This week, Brightside Extra Brut IPA will be packaged in kegs and bottled six-packs and will then start shipping to distributor partners throughout California. Six-packs will be available at Drake’s Barrel House and Dealership.
Drake’s Brewing Co. is an independent craft brewery located in San Leandro, Calif., that has been dedicated to bringing people together over great beer since 1989. Quietly situated in its gritty warehouse environs, Drake’s has become known over the years for consistently producing a wide variety of hop-forward craft beers. From the groundbreaking 1500 Pale Ale to innovative creations like the Denogginizer Double IPA, and a growing collection of artisan barrel-aged and sour beers, the brewery’s commitment to quality and integrity shines through in every beer. As one of the original craft breweries in the Bay Area, Drake’s is dedicated to supporting its community first and working tirelessly to bring its brand of quality beer to more people.