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Eric Strader
Eric Strader
Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach, special education paraprofessional, who likes to read, bike, hike, and canoe.



Dark Horse Brewing to release IPA variety pack

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 9, 2013 at 12:12 p.m.

Crooked Tree (IPA, 6% ABV) is the flagship IPA from Dark Horse Brewing, however, they brew many great IPAs that never make it out of the brewpub.  But, look forward to April 20 when they will release of a variety pack (12  12 oz. bottles) which will include Crooked Tree in addition to  three other single hopped IPAs.   These will be brewed using the same recipe, but different hops.  Crooked Tree is brewed using Cascade, Columbus and Centennial hops.  Last time I was at the brewery, I ducked in to say "hey" to Bryan Wiggs (head brewer), and it happened to be Crooked Tree brew day.  The whole brew house was a heaven of hops aroma.

In complete Dark Horse fashion, the names of these beers are Crooked Tree backwards (Eert Dekoorc) with the name of the hop used (also spelled backwards).  That gets us Eert Dekoorc FF (Falconers Flight hops), Eert Dekoorc Edacsac (Cascade hops) and Eert Dekoorc Artic (Citra hops).

Dark Horse Edacsac Dekoorc Eert IPADark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert IPADark Horse FF Dekoorc Eert IPA

I have confirmed with Indiana Beverage, that we will have this variety pack available in NW Indiana on April 20th if not very shortly afterwards.  Indiana Beverage is the best NW Indiana craft beer distributor, and they are the ones who brought us the South Bend Brewfest and the Blue Chip Brewfest.  I know both of the craft beer specialists personally, and they are very knowledgeable about their beer.  Look for Matt Johnson and Ben Amster at tastings around the Michiana area.

Within the past year, I was able to enjoy a Eert Dekoorc FF at the brewery in Marshall, MI. It was full of all those resinous piney and grapefruit flavors that I love in an IPA.  It will be lots of fun to compare the characteristics of these four hop varietals at the same time.  All four beers will be on draft in the Dark Horse taproom, and you will be able to purchase the 12 packs in their general store.  According to their website, the variety packs will be available to all of Dark Horse's distributors and in all markets.  So, even if you don't live in Indiana or Michigan, but do get Dark Horse locally, you may be in luck on this one.




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