Big Lake Brewing partnered with a Virginia brewery to release a citrus- and hop-forward IPA.
The beer “combines a trifecta of hops,” including Michigan Bergamot, featuring bright citrus flavor on the back end and finishing with light herbal notes from lemongrass.
The is the first collaboration between the two craft breweries. The beer will be available exclusively in Michigan and Virginia.
“Lemongrass has unique characteristics, and incorporating it into an IPA requires the right amount at the right time to develop the perfect balance of flavors,” said Zachary Dreyer, head brewer at Big Lake Brewing. “In many ways, that balance also reflects our partnership with Ballad Brewing, which itself has come together with a brilliant balance of skill, creativity and innovation.”
Big Lake and Ballad were brought together by Scott Mast, owner of Hang’em High Hops in Free Soil and a mutual supplier of the breweries.
Their resulting Lemongrass IPA collaboration is a “thirst-quenching summertime beer, bursting with bright, citrus flavors,” the partners said.
At 5.1% ABV and 48 IBUs, lemongrass and lemongrass hops give this session-able IPA a bold aroma. The Bergamot hops round out the citrus flavors and aromas, the breweries said.
“I fell in love with lemongrass as a flavor in Thai food, and the recipe for Lemongrass IPA became a favorite of our Virginia-based team,” said Chris Myers, head brewer at Ballad Brewing. “Sharing ideas back and forth with Zach at Big Lake, incorporating some of his favorite Michigan-grown hops, has made this beer even better.”
Lemongrass IPA is available while supplies last through this summer on tap at Big Lake Brewery and across Michigan by distribution through Imperial Beverage.