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Steel Toe Douglas Cascadian Dark Ale

Steel Toe Brewing Douglas CDASteel Toe Brewing in St. Louis Park now has their new beer, Douglas Cascadian Dark Ale on tap in their tap room. This is a 7.5% abv hoppy dark ale that spotlights Meridian hops. This is a limited release beer, so you may just want to think about drinking some today!

Summit Meridian Session Ale Details

Summit Brewing Meridian Session AleSummit Brewing Company launches the first in their Union Series, Meridian Session Ale the week of April 15th. We offered some hints as to the details of this beer back in February (read it here), but The Union Series will focus on brewing with new raw materials and ingredients, exploring the latest malts and hops in the industry. Meridian Session Ale will also the first beer to feature Summit’s new packaging and logo.

“To create Meridian, we used Concerto malt, a new rising star in the UK, and Meridian hops, which was discovered by accident by a grower in Oregon,” said Damian McConn, Head Brewer at Summit. “Both of these new ingredients combine nicely to create a very drinkable beer – simple in design and complex in character.”

Meridian Session Ale is Belgian-style session ale, roughly in the Enkel (single) tradition. The combination of Concerto malt and Meridian hops results in a distinctive ale with a spicy, floral lemon aroma and clean bitterness.

Meridian Session Ale Specs:

AVB: 4.5%
IBU: 32
Color: Hazy sunset gold
Malt: Concerto Pale Malt
Hop: Meridian Hops

There will be a series of special events featuring the new Meridian Session Ale:

  • April 22: Earth Day Beer Dinner hosted by brewer Gabe Smoley – Barrio, Edina, 6pm.
  • April 23: Meet the brewer and sample the new Meridian Ale – Bunny’s Bar and Grill, St Louis Park, 7-9pm.
  • Month of June:  Summit Tap Invasion, taking over 4 taps (including Meridian Ale) – Lyndale Taphouse.
  • May 1-11: Summit Tap Invasion, taking over 6 taps (including Meridian Ale) – Salut, Grand Ave. Join us on the patio on Thursday, May 2 from 4-6pm.
  • May 7: Summit Tap Invasion, taking over 7 taps (including Meridian Ale)– Old Chicago, Apple Valley. Meet the Brewer that day from 5-7pm.
  • May 15: Summit Tap Invasion – Old Chicago, Roseville. Meet the Brewer that dayfrom 5-7pm.
  • May 17:Patio Kickoff Event with Brewer Gabe and live music – Tally’s, White Bear Lake, 5pm.
  • May 21: Beer Dinner with Summit Brewers Mike and Nate –Wooley’s, Bloomington. 6 Summits also on tap including Meridian.

The Union Series will be limited in scale and will rely heavily on the availability of new ingredients. As a result, there will not be a set schedule for Union Series releases.

A New Logo Sponsorship and Beer Series for Summit

Brand-spanking new Summit logo

Brand-spanking new Summit logo

Summit will be debuting a new logo, sponsorship and beer this April. At right is Summit’s new logo, set to debut April 1st at the Minnesota Twins opening day in the newly redesigned Summit Town Ball Tavern. Summit’s new Union Series debuts April 15th with Meridian Session Ale.

This is Summit’s third take on their logo after a rebranding in 1999 with the opening of the new (current) brewery. “Innovation is part of our DNA and we think this change signals that commitment while also honoring the community that built this company.” said Summit founder Mark Stutrud.

Summit’s new Union Series is said to be inspired by the union of new ingredients and time-honored brewing traditions. We don’t have official word from the brewery just yet, we suspect that Meridian Session Ale will be in the style ballpark of a Belgian Enkel and will feature a couple of “newer” brewing ingredients, Concerto Pale Malt and Meridian hops. Official work on this beer should be confirmed in late March.

Read more about Meridian hops.

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