Hoping to elevate fans to a higher state of being, Brewery Ommegang will be releasing an IPA for the first time in its 18-year history, but it won’t be brewed in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Instead, Brewery Ommegang’s Nirvana IPA will be brewed by Boulevard Brewing Co. in Kansas City, Mo. The 6.5 percent ABV American-style IPA will be kettle-hopped with bravo, simcoe, centennial, topaz, and mosaic hops, and will be dry-hopped with centennial, citra, simcoe and Amarillo hops.
Both Brewery Ommegang and Boulevard Brewing Co. are owned by Breendonk, Belgium-based Duvel Moortgat nv.
“Over the past two years, our brew team’s explorations with hops yielded some very lovely beers, including Hop House and Fleur de Houblon, our summer seasonal,” said Phil Leinhart, Ommegang brewmaster, in a press release. “Nirvana IPA is the most adventurous hoppy beer to date for us and it really strikes at the sweet-spot of what more and more craft beer drinkers seem to be craving – a mid-level ABV beer with strong hop character that fits a variety of occasions.”
The new IPA will be the first beer that Ommegang has brewed at Boulevard, which was chosen as a partner on the project for its extensive “dry-hopping capabilities and rich, hop-forward beer experience together with its automated ability to produce six-packs (which Ommegang currently cannot.)”
Nirvana IPA will be packaged in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles ($9.99), a departure from the brewery’s normal four-packs, and will be available in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York staring in mid-April.