Chicago’s Goose Island beer company is releasing a new beer, one of three scheduled releases intended to celebrate the greatness of hops.
The first limited release beer is Ten Hills Pale Ale, a hop- forward beer brewed with hops from Elk Mountain Farms in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. This hop farm has a long relationship with Goose Island that dates back a couple of years and its geographic position on the 49th parallel of latitude places it in an ideal location for hop agriculture.
“Idaho produces some of the best hops in the entire world and we’re incredibly excited to have such special access to that region”, said Goose Island brewmaster Brett Porter. “As craft beer drinkers’ palates shift toward hoppy beers, we want to highlight the creativity of the Goose Island brewing team and bring something distinctive to the drinker. Among craft beer connoisseurs, we’re already loved and lauded in the IPA style and these three new beers brewed with hops from Elk Mountain will offer our fans even more to love from Goose Island.”
Ten Hills Pale Ale takes its name from the original planting of ten “hills” of hops a couple of years ago when Elk Mountain Farms first formed a business relationship with Goose Island. Today, more than 200,000 hills of hops are grown for Goose Island annually.
Ten Hills Pale Ale is a fruity/herbal/earthy brew made using Perle, Cascade, and Saaz hops. Its bitterness rating is 48 IBU and it contains 6.2 percent alcohol by volume. It has all of the qualities that hop heads crave and it should be a big hit with fans of Goose Island IPA.
Look for Ten Hills Pale Ale in 6- packs, 12- packs, and on draught starting December 2, 2013.