Lūʻau Season is Here: Introducing Tiki Hurricane (Tiki Sour Ale, 5%)

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By this point in the Summer, you may think you're super familiar with all of our seasonal beers and series. This Summer has been an incredibly busy, and rewarding, brewing time for us. Over the past few months we've introduced a wide variety of new beers: from our limited release barrel-aged blends Elements series to a tutti-frutti selection of Milkshake IPAs and Goses. Well, it's almost time for our last hurrah of Summer, so we found it timely to introduce the first release in a series of tropical-forward, tiki cocktail-inspired beers that will evoke exotic locales, with an additional pinch of kitsch, of course.

Our first release in the series is Tiki Hurricane, inspired by the infamous cocktail, which originated in the early '40s in New Orlean and is a distant relative of the daiquiri. Beloved for its punchy passion fruit flavours and the hint of heat and spice from the rum, this legendary cocktails served as inspiration as we brewed Tiki Hurricane. The challenge here was to really nail the expected complex character of the drink through our beer, so we started with a malt bill of pilsner and wheat to provide a relatively clean flavour. Similar to our other sours, we pitched our house strain of lactobacillus overnight to create a slight acidity and bring out some lime flavours. Lactose was added for body and to round out the sweetness. For the dry hop, Galaxy hops were the ideal choice here, as they provide tropical, passionfruit-like aromas. For the final touch, we added some pomegranate juice, molasses, and lime. The molasses in particular really helped to bring out the rum aromas in the beer.

Tiki Hurricane is a complex, yet incredibly refreshingand well-balanced beer; a little fruity, a little tart, and perfectly sweet. It's best enjoyed in a hammock, perhaps with a few torches lit around you and some Surf / Luau tunes playing.

Tiki Hurricane is available on Thursday, August 15th on tap, in our bottle shop, and online store.

Juan M. Gonzalez Calcaneo