It’s still Summer on the calendar. But to some of you it feels more like Fall. And with fall colors and potential fall chores, comes the prospect of harvest beers. Bonus for those that live in the Northwest since this also means more India Pale Ales.
Which is why we are happy to remind you regarding the return of another Widmer Rotator India Pale Ale, Falconer.
I know what your thinking, “didn’t we see this beer last year?” The answer is a resounding yes. But there is something different about this beer. This is the first of the limited edition Rotator Series beers to be re-released to the public. To date this also makes Rotator Series release number six.
What makes this beer even more special is that this beer is brewed with a special blend of hops called Falconer’s Flight. Named after brewery legend Glen Hay Falconer, this hops ‘variety’ is a … well here’s what Widmer had to say about Glen.
“Glen Hay Falconer was an incredible individual who inspired brewers—from the novice to the pro—in all corners of the country, not just the Northwest,” recalled Kurt Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing. “His contributions will never be forgotten, and we’re proud to be part of continuing his legacy.”
In addition to releasing this beer the brewers and founders at Widmer Brothers wanted to remind you that the ‘Brothers will donate $5,000 to the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation …
“… a nonprofit organization created to commemorate and celebrate the life, interests and good works of Glen Hay Falconer. Contributions will help fund brewing scholarships for current or aspiring brewers, providing the education and foundation for success. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from sales of Falconer’s Flight Hops will be donated to the foundation.”
About the Rotator Series India Pale Ales
“The Rotator IPA series is all about experimenting within a specific beer style and sharing new and unique interpretations with beer lovers,” said Ben Dobler, Widmer Brothers brewer. “While we didn’t plan on repeating beers in the Rotator IPA Series, every once in a while we come across a recipe that is too good to brew only once. We think Glen would agree, and it’s fitting that Falconer’s IPA is the beer to buck tradition.”
The Rotator IPA series features an ever-changing offering of IPAs handcrafted by the Widmer Brothers brewing team. This year, Falconer’s IPA follows on the heels of Shaddock IPA, released in May, and Spiced IPA, released in January. The series launched in 2011 with X-114 IPA, followed by Falconer’s IPA and O’Ryely IPA. Each new release is brewed in limited quantities, and until this release, once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. This second release of Falconer’s IPA offers beer drinkers another chance to enjoy the legacy of a brewing legend.
About Falconer’s IPA
Falconer’s IPA is a bright, moderately bitter IPA with stone fruit aromas and a strong malt backbone. The IPA is brewed with Falconer’s Flight™ hop created by Hopunion, LLC, a Pacific Northwest-based company with hop growers in Oregon and Washington. Falconer’s Flight™ hop includes a blend of many of the Northwest’s most unique hop varieties. Each hop was hand selected for its superior aromatic qualities, imparting distinct tropical, citrus, floral, lemon and grapefruit tones.
· Significant but smooth bitterness
· Caramel malty sweetness helps balance the palate
· Bright fruit aromas such as citrus, peaches and apricots
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel 40L, Honey Malt
Hops: Bittering – Alchemy
Aroma – Falconer’s Flight™
Original Gravity: 15P
Apparent Extract: 2P
IBU: 65Color: 16 SRM
Alcohol by Volume: 7%
Falconer’s IPA is available in limited quantities on draught, in six-packs, 12-packs, and in 22-ounce bottles at select retailers nationwide. Falconer’s IPA has a suggested retail price of $8.99 for six-packs and $15.99 for 12-packs.
Look for bottles of this beer to be available soon, wherever you find Rotator Series or other Widmer Brothers beers. As always if you dont’ see this on draught or on the shelves, ask your server or grocer to get some!
About the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation
The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to commemorate and celebrate the life, interests and good works of a well-loved and leading Northwest brewer. The mission of the foundation is to contribute to the Northwest craft brewing community by providing opportunities for professional and aspiring brewers to further their knowledge and expertise.
About Widmer Brothers Brewing
What started as a dream for two ordinary brothers who just loved beer has now become a reality for two ordinary brothers who still just love beer. Kurt and Rob Widmer helped lead the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when, in their twenties, they dreamed of brewing American interpretations of authentic European-style beers. In 1986, Widmer Brothers Brewing introduced the first American-style Hefeweizen; today, the unfiltered cloudy beer is the company’s signature brew and one of the best selling wheat beers in the country. Based in Portland, Ore., the brewery currently brews a variety of beers including Drifter Pale Ale, Nelson Imperial IPA, Rotator IPA Series, Drop Top Amber Ale and Pitch Black IPA. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit www.widmerbrothers.com.
About the photo’s author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.