2XSMASH & Back Burner Barley Wine coming in 2016 from Southern Tier Brewing
Lakewood, NY – Southern Tier Brewing Co. announced today that beginning January 2016 it will add two new beers into its seasonal lineup: 2XSMASH and Back Burner.
2XSMASH is a Single Malt And Single Hop Double IPA, Southern Tier’s newest single varietal offering. With single varietal beers (formerly called 2XONE), brewers can explore just how complex flavor and aroma profiles can be using just one variety of hop and one type of malt. 2016’s 2XSMASH, returns to one of Southern Tier’s most popular combinations, Mosaic hops and Special Pale malt. Relatively new (only having been named in 2012), Mosaic hops are known for their luxurious tropical juicy citrus notes like passion fruit, mango & papaya, and they work absolutely brilliantly with the caramel richness of Special Pale malt. Quality Manager, Matt Dunn describes 2XSMASH as a “big, juicy, oily & resinous IPA with a lightly caramel malty backbone.” This combination was last brewed as 2014 2XONE, and it was rated a “96” by Ratebeer users.
2016 will also see the return of another familiar face with the release of Back Burner Barley Wine Style Ale. Last brewed in 2012, Back Burner will now be available in 12oz. four packs in addition to its traditional 22oz. bottles. This well-aging brew returns with luscious blackstrap molasses and maple syrup from a farm directly across the road from the brewery. In addition to these new ingredients, its purposeful grain bill includes 4 types of malts, which gives Back Burner flavors of brown sugar, raisins, molasses & caramel maltiness to balance its noticeable hop presence. Hop bitterness fades and flavors evolve over time, so Back Burner adds to the list of Southern Tier’s highly rated, cellar-able offerings. When last brewed in 2012, nearly 1,000 craft beer enthusiasts at Ratebeer marked this seasonal favorite at a “98.”
Southern Tier CEO John Coleman notes, “These seasonal releases fit our expansive and unique portfolio. We want to push the creative limits of brewing while making beers we want to drink ourselves. We believe that ‘Craft is the Endless Pursuit of Creativity,’ and we work hard to provide top-class beers you’ll love to experience again and again.”
About Southern Tier Brewing Company
Southern Tier was founded in 2002 by Phin and Sara DeMink in Lakewood, New York. It is known for its diverse portfolio of innovative beers that embodies the spirit of American craft brewing.
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