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Two New Beers from Summit

Yes, two new beers from Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul… and that doesn’t even include Unchained No. 9! First up, look for Summit Summer Ale, said to be a Kolsch-inspired beer, but not a remake of the Kolsh that was the first in the Unchained series. Expect that beer in April.

ABV. and IBU not ready yet. Art & other details to come.

• A balanced, highly drinkable session beer for casual and serious beer lovers alike
• Clean, mellow bitterness balanced by slightly bready, toasted malt qualities
• An inspired summer ale with elegant fruit and ?oral aroma
• Released in late April

Next up, look for Summit Saga IPA in the latter part of May. Saga is a West-coast style IPA said to be inspired by Summit’s 25th Anniversary beer. It’ll be a year-round offering available in six & twelve packs. This confirms what some of you have probably been hearing since the Silver Anniversary’s release. Hops? Yup. It’ll feature Rakau hops from New Zeland along with Citra, Centennial and Amarillo. Rakau is new to me, though it’s said to fall in the same ballpark as Amarillo & Summit hops.

Once again, no ABV or IBUs yet.

• Pronounced hop ?avor and aromas of Kiwi, Passionfruit, Apricot and Gooseberry
• Clean, assertive bitterness with balancing Pale malt characteristics
• Named after the Norse Goddess of poetry, who was the God Odin’s drinking companion. Also, it was quite a saga to pick a name!


  1. Erik says:

    I’m damn excited for SAGA IPA. Release window?

  2. ryan says:

    It looks like late May at this point for Saga.

  3. Duke says:

    Must be replacing Hefeweizen. Maibock is already out.

  4. Carey says:

    Carey from Summit here. Summer Ale will be our new summer seasonal. Maibock is still on as our spring seasonal!

  5. Cory says:

    Thanks for the clarification, Carey! If Maibock was being replaced I would have had to organize a “drink-in” protest

  6. ryan says:

    My bad, write-up fixed. Thanks Carey & Jon for the clarification.

  7. Trav says:

    Now to just get the Rye IPA back(no recipe change please), and all will be right in my world.

  8. Aubrey says:

    So the hefeweizen is going away? Man… 🙁

  9. Trav says:

    With Schell brewing up what may be the best American made Hefe in the U.S, I dont have much of a problem w/ Summits going away. If only it was easier to find.

  10. Aubrey says:

    That’s the issue I have as well, Trav. I can usually only find the Schell’s hefe at one or two places that require a special out of the way trip for me. Summit’s hefe was much easier to find.

  11. Dave says:

    Yeah I’m sad to see Summits hefe going away but I’m excited to try the new summer,kolsch style beers are great for summer. Also x2 on the rye making a comeback.

  12. Gus says:

    “inspired by” a kolsch? My dream has been to see the unchained number one come back as regular in sum it’s lineup. That was the only American kolsch I’ve ever had that tasted like a German kolsch. I have high hopes for this beer.

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