Stretching from Boston, MA to Newport, OR, Route 20 is the longest highway in the United State. To honor America’s longest continuous highway, Ground Breaker Brewing revives its coast-to-coast Route 20 IPA.
Route 20 IPA is a single-hop IPA that uses only Santiam hops and of course is gluten-free. At 6% ABV and 50 IBUs, Route 20 IPA receives all of its bittering, flavor and aroma from late additions of Santiam hops. Santiam hops are known for its floral aroma and carry hints of peppery spice. The hop is unique for its high amounts of farnesene that produces a fragrance that has been compared to magnolia flowers. Farnesene is also found in strawberries, apples, pears, and many other plants.
“It was probably the shortest amount of time we’ve ever spent naming anything. I was on my way to Steens Mountain, heading through the Santiam Pass,” said James Neumeister, Founder and Head of R&D in a release. “That’s when the name came to me.”
With this year’s release of Route 20 IPA, Ground Breaker is celebrating this coast-to-coast IPA by pouring it at the Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly Expo in Worcester, MA. The Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly Expo is the largest gluten-free and allergy friendly event in the United States.
Route 20 IPA is currently available at the Ground Breaker Gastropub in Portland, OR and will begin to be distributed to Ground Breaker territories in the second week of July. Ground Breaker beers are distributed in Massachusetts by Atlantic Distributing.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.