Although the name of the newest beer to be released by New Glarus Brewing Co. might sound familiar, what is inside the bottle is very different.
The New Glarus, Wis.-based brewery has released Zwickel Bier, a 5.3 percent ABV lager that incorporates Czech and English malts as well as six different Czech, French and Germans hops. The new beer also incorporates the brewery’s proprietary Munich yeast.
“Zwickel Bier is the Wisconsin version of this lager,” reads a press release. “Although this bier shares the name of a beer produced by New Glarus Brewing Company a few years ago, this one is new and different, and only available at the New Glarus Brewery Hilltop facility. Zwickel Bier is assertively hoppy, and complex.”
The first version of the lager was released by New Glarus in 2008 used a different hop bill, but the name is the same, and is inspired by the custom of village breweries in Bavaria inviting friends to share its beer straight from the lager tanks.
According to the press release, Zwickel Bier is packaged in both four-packs and six-packs of 12-ounce bottles available exclusively at the brewery and has a two case per person limit.