Summit announces full lineup of new beers & sampler packs for 2017


Among the four new sampler packs Summit announced for 2017 is their IPA Collection, which includes a new India-Style Black Ale // Graphic courtesy of Summit

Fresh off celebrating 30 years in business in 2016, St. Paul’s Summit Brewing Company today announced its full 2017 lineup of new beers and sampler packs. Notable highlights include four new beers that will only be available in themed sampler packs and on draft, the return of two beers from Summit’s 30th anniversary series, three releases in the Unchained Series, and Summit’s first Russian imperial stout.

Summit Founder and President Mark Stutrud is excited heading into the brewery’s 31st year. “When it comes to the quality of our beers and the talent we have on our team—from administrative and production to marketing and sales—I’d put Summit up against anyone,” Stutrud said in a press release. “We’ve got our plans in order for 2017, and now it’s time to execute and have some fun.”

Summit Double IPA

Summit’s 30th Anniversary Double IPA from earlier this year—henceforth known simply as Summit Double IPA—will be released in four-packs of 16oz. cans and on draft during the last week of December 2016.

Summit IPA Collection and India-Style Black Ale

Summit’s first new variety pack for 2017 is the Summit IPA Collection, landing in early January and offering up “A World of Hops All in One Box.” The sampler will contain 12 12oz. bottles including Sága IPA, Horizon Red IPA, True Brit IPA, and their new Summit India-Style Black Ale, a powerful black ale available only in the sampler pack and on draft.

Summit Boundary Waters Box — Keller Pils, Hefeweizen and Wit Bier

In April 2017, the Summit Boundary Waters Box will hit shelves with 12 12oz. cans including Summer Ale, the return of Keller Pils from 2016’s 30th anniversary series, and two new sampler-exclusive beers perfect for summer: Summit Hefeweizen and Summit Wit Bier. Like the India-Style Black Ale, the new beers will also be available on draft.

Summit Harvest Collection

Arriving in July is the Summit Harvest Collection. Headlined by Summit Oktoberfest, a longtime seasonal favorite, this 12-pack of 12oz. bottles will also feature Summit’s flagship Extra Pale Ale and two more year-round offerings—Great Northern Porter and Pilsener.

Summit Penalty Box and Doppel Alt

The Penalty Box, Summit’s final sampler pack for 2017, drops in October along with the hockey season’s first puck. Featuring Winter Ale, Extra Pale Ale, and Horizon Red IPA, this 12-pack of 12oz. bottles introduces the new Summit Doppel Alt, which will be available on draft and in the sampler pack.

Summit Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Summit Belgian-Style Pale Ale, which will be available on draught and in six- and 12-packs of 12oz. cans, arrives in September. A sunset orange-colored thirst-quencher, this pale ale showcases European hop varieties and a Belgian yeast strain, all layered over a blend of British, German, and Belgian malts.

Summit Unchained Series

Next year will see three new entries in the limited-release Unchained Series, which since its inception in 2009 has allowed Summit brewers to showcase their individual creativity.

Arriving in March is Unchained 24: Spring Saison, a traditional Belgian-style saison brewed by James Birnie. Next up in July is Unchained 25: Vienna-Style Lager, an offering from brewer Tom Mondor. Finally, October brings Unchained 26: Westie 7th, a Belgian Dark Ale from brewer Nick Hempfer. All Unchained releases will come out on draft and in six-packs of 12oz. cans.

Summit Union Series

Finally, looking ahead to December 2017, Summit will release the next installment in their limited-release Union Series, which combines new and innovative ingredients with time-honored brewing traditions. Union Series: Imperial Russian-Style Stout promises to advance that union in four-packs of 12oz. bottles. Brewed to an authentic 19th-century recipe containing a heritage barley malt, this assertive, coal-black export stout will offer aromas of dark chocolate, dark fruit and licorice.

To learn more about Summit’s 2017 beers and sampler packs, click here.

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