Press Release

EUGENE, Ore.... —Known for its lineup of well-balanced craft beers, Ninkasi Brewing Company announces its Rare & Delicious Series available for the first time in 22-ounce bottles with various releases throughout the year. Previously released on draft only, these small-batch beers offer craft beer drinkers a unique variety of styles while giving Ninkasi brewers a forum to explore and experiment.  The first release, Velocihoptor Double IPA, will debut mid-February, followed by Tart & Soul, a Blackberry Sour, available in March. Both will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft throughout most of Ninkasi’s distribution footprint.

“Our Rare & Delicious Series captures the creativity of our brewing team; now in bottles, we’re able to share these small-batch beers with even more of our fans,” says co-founder and founding brewer Jamie Floyd. “Many of these beers are passion projects, starting on a homebrew system and evolving along the way; we’re proud to show off the mastery of our brewing team.”

Available mid-February, Velocihoptor Double IPA is the first Rare & Delicious Series beer to be released. Created by Ninkasi brewer Jacob Schisel, the recipe for Velocihoptor was developed as a tribute to a dear hop-loving friend. Brewed with Meridian, Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus, Bravo, and Sterling hops, this beer has a larger-than-life hop profile. Resinous and citrusy, Velocihoptor captures the most loved characteristics of the Double IPA style.

Next in line is a Tart & Soul Blackberry Sour releasing to shelves and draft late March. For the past three months, members of Ninkasi’s brewing team have tinkered with a variety of fruit sours and landed on a blend of blackberry and marionberry for this springtime release. Paired with a dry tartness imparted by the lactobacillus souring process, the subtle blackberry sweetness shines through, creating a sour beer that is both bright and tart. 
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Velocihoptor Stats
Unearth the deliciousness of Velocihoptor. With a larger-than-life hop aroma and citrusy notes, this Double IPA pours dark red in color. Crafted for the hop heads, get this Rare & Delicious beer before it goes extinct.

·         Style: Double India Pale Ale
·         Series: Rare & Delicious Series
·         Available: February 2016
·         ABV: 8.4%
·         IBU: 88
·         Starting Gravity: 1078
·         Malt: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, White Wheat
·         Hops: Meridian, Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus, Bravo, Sterling
·         Packaging: 22oz. Bottles, Draft
·         Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; D.C.; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Tart & Soul Stats
Bright and tart, this beer is soulfully crafted with a distinctly Northwest ingredient—blackberry. Paired with a dry tartness imparted by the lactobacillus souring process and the subtle blackberry sweetness, Tart & Soul beckons to be embraced.

·         Style: American Kettle Sour Ale with Blackberry
·         Series: Rare & Delicious Series
·         Available: March 2016
·         ABV: 5.0%
·         IBU: 7
·         Starting Gravity: 1052
·         Malt: 2-Row Pale, White Wheat, Rice Hulls
·         Hops: Crystal
·         Packaging: 22oz. Bottles, Draft
·         Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; D.C.; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

View upcoming Rare & Delicious Series beers by visiting www.ninkasibrewing.com/delicious/beers.

About Ninkasi Brewing CompanyFounded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore. Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IRA, Easy Way IPA, Helles Belles Helles Lager, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; D.C.; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.

For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com
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