Blue Point Brewery Reveals Improved Hoptical Illusion IPA Recipe

April 1, 2013

Alcohol, Calories, and Hops Reduced to Reflect New Session Style
New Brew Has ABV of 2.3% and Just 54 Calories

Proving there’s always room for improvement, Blue Point Brewing Company, Long Island’s oldest and most award-winning craft brewery, is proud to announce the official release of the newly revamped Hoptical Illusion, their popular IPA. Inspired by the recent success of the Sandy session IPA collaboration beer and anticipating the trend toward brews that are less hop-forward and more accessible, Blue Point Brewing Company hopes this updated version of Hoptical Illusion will allow them to appeal to a greater number of beer drinkers.

By eliminating its signature hop-back process and significantly reducing the malt bill, the improved Hoptical Illusion’s ABV has been reduced to 2.3% from 6.8%, and boasts just 54 calories and 7 IBUs per 12-ounce serving. Mark Burford, Blue Point’s Brewmaster and Co-founder says, “We think this is a real win for everyone. We’re sure our current Hoptical Illusion fans will enjoy this superior iteration and, ultimately, the shift away from the hoppy profile will help us attract a whole new crowd of drinkers who typically choose big beer brands,” Adds Blue Point President, Pete Cotter, “Excepting price, we’re reducing everything — hops, malt, alcohol content, calories – which, if you think about it, is really good for the environment. Less is more when it comes to sustainability.”

In order to avoid brand confusion among consumers, original Hoptical Illusion will no longer be available for purchase at retailers. Limited quantities are available until supplies run out at the Blue Point Brewery Tasting Room, with a one-case per person limit.

About the Blue Point Brewery Tasting Room
The Blue Point Brewery Tasting Room is located at 161 River Avenue, Patchogue, New York.
Hours are Thursday-Friday, 3PM-7PM and Saturday, 12-7PM. Complimentary samples are offered along with free tours at 1 and 4PM. Pints are available for purchase, along with full tastings, bombers, 6-packs, cases and growler refills, as well as the full scope of Blue Point Brewery merchandise.

Contact Info

Company: Blue Point Brewing Company
Contact: Curt Potter
E-mail: curt@bluepointbrewing.com