‘The Land of the Midnight Sun’ is one of our fair state’s nicknames and is also the inspiration for the name of one of the best breweries anywhere in the world. Right about now the term ‘Midnight Sun’ is extremely apt. Summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and this year we are twice as lucky because we are experiencing some of the nicest weather in recent memory. The days are beautiful and they seemingly never end. Seeing as how our brewery is named after this time of year, it only feels right that we celebrate the season and the sunshine!
First and foremost we have to talk about a few beers that are hitting the taps just in time for Solstice. Where better to start than Solstice Saison a brand new beer dreamed up by our head brewer Jeremiah. Solstice Saison is a pretty straight-forward version of a Saison, which is sometimes described as a Belgian Farmhouse ale. The base of our saison is pilsner malt which is simple, but it really lets the saison yeast shine in the brew. If you are a fan of brett-beers the yeast in Solstice brings a lot of the classic brettanomyces characteristics. At 5.2% alcohol by volume and 36 IBUs, Solstice Saison is dangerously drinkable and has a thirst quenching quality that makes is a perfect beer for a hot summer day.
If you have been by the Loft recently, you may have noticed the lack of hoppy beers. And if you’re a real dick, you may have even left a comment card complaining about our (very brief) IPA-shortage. Well, the diehard hop heads can return to our brewery because we have two great double IPAs hitting the taps very shortly. Rye Not, an imperial version of our popular rye pale ale Rye Out, is our of the tanks and flowing in the Loft. The only way to accurately describe this beer is F-ing delicious. It’s a heavy hitter, as well and clocks in at 8% ABV and is hoppy as hell at 80 IBUs. Rye pale ales and rye IPAs are a fast growing trend for craft breweries, and with good reason. The spiciness of the rye compliments the flavors in big American hop varieties perfectly. Rye Not features Citra and Saaz hops as well as 250 pounds of flaked rye in the 1400 pound grain bill. We have used Citra hops in a few beers in the past and they are tasty and extremely fruity with, as you may guess, a huge citrus flavor. As I mentioned, many breweries are playing around with hoppy rye beers and our Rye Out was undoubtedly one of the finest examples of the style. With Rye Not we have made a bigger, badder version of a great beer and it is awesome.
The second hoppy beer that I alluded to is the return of our summer seasonal double IPA, Hop Dog. We brew this beer every year, but only for three months: July through September. Hop Dog is a double IPA on a wheat base. The wheat makes this beer unique and gives it a flavor that is different from most double IPAs. Hop Dog was originally brewed for the Obliteration series which is a series that allows our brewers to play around with hops and try some things that are out of the ordinary. We liked this particular beer so much that we added it to our rotation of seasonal double IPAs and gave it a new, snazzy name. It has definitely become one of our most popular beers, but again it will only be available for a few short months so stock up on bottles, kegs and growlers starting on July 1st.
We have a lot going on to celebrate Solstice and the fact that we are named Midnight Sun Brewing Company, we kind of have to. You may catch us this solstice weekend pouring beer for the thirsty runners at the Mayor’s Marathon where the first 500 finishers will get a free beer or a soda. Also, if you are a baseball fan and head out the Glacier Pilot’s Midnight Sun game you will be able to get your fill of our beers on the Pilot’s Patio. If you are golfing in the Midnight Sun tournament out in the valley at Settlers Bay you’ll be able to find our beer. And on and on, with all we are doing to celebrate the solstice and summer in general it may be difficult to avoid Midnight Sun Brewing Company. But just in case, you can always just come into the loft and celebrate the Midnight Sun with us.