Wicked Weed Brewing has decided to bottle its self-described “flagship” IPA.
The Asheville, N.C.-based brewing will be bottling Pernicious, its 7.3 percent ABV IPA that is brewed with 2-row and pilsner malt as well as American and New Zealand hops. The name of the beer was changed from East Side or Die back in March to Pernicious, which comes from a quote supposedly uttered by King Henry VIII in the 16th century when he declared that hops were a “a wicked and pernicious weed.”
“Pernicious implies influence that is harmful in a way not easily noticed,” reads the beer label. “This beer is harmful, not because of the overwhelming hop bitterness, but because its balanced brightness insidiously ruins your expectations for all other IPAs.
East Side or Die was first released as a draft-only beer in lated 2014.
According to filings with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), Pernicious will be packaged in 11.2-ounce bottles. The brewery declined to discuss any additional details when contacted via email.