Matron Fine Beer




Ok, so what's a Cold IPA?

Lately we've been wandering around in a nostalgic daze (still) craving simpler times. We wanted to brew another West Coast inspired beer, featuring @pleasantvalleyhopsontario Centennial, Chinook and Cascade hops BUT we have also been pining for a new crispy yet flavourful lager. We wanted the best of two different worlds... so naturally we decided to combine them. We brewed a beer using only barley (no adjunct grains, all @barnowlmalt), hopped it judiciously in the kettle and fermented it with our house lager yeast at slightly elevated temperature to let the fruitiness of the hops come out while still finishing crisp and clean. We dry-hopped it generously while not being obnoxious and added some actively fermenting lagerbier in a process called "krausening" to naturally carbonate the beer. It was conditioned nice and cold for several more weeks until it was bright and beautiful. We honestly didn't know what call this beer... Hoppy Lager? Sure... IPL? Naw, didn't really ring our bells. While we were trying to figure this out, we came across a podcast discussing Cold IPAs with @wayfinderbeer from Portland. It dawned on us that this is basically what we brewed without knowing it. So, inspired by their trailblazing forays of Lager-IPA hybrids, and our deep passion for lagerbiers and IPAs, we decided to call Leeway a COLD IPA!!


Taste experience: Expect citrus blossom, slightly herbaceous, delicate pineapple and resin notes on the nose. The bright citrus carries through to the pallet with a more restrained floral and pineapple character. An all-malt body is balanced with a well structured bitterness that leads to a curiously clean finish. Like it just ends, clean, crisp and dry. And you're like give me more, so you keep drinking it. Then the can is all gone and you're like damn, I need another. COLD IPA, GET INTO IT!

Numbers: 5.8% / 355ml / 95% Ontario ingredients

Pairs well with: colouring outside the lines, bacon wrapped hot dogs and all dressed chips

Ingredients: brewed with Barn Owl Malt, Pleasant Valley Hops, yeast from Escarpment Laboratories 

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