In time for Independence Day, Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) is releasing three beers, including two fan favorites. Both Ace of Spades IIPA and When Life Gives You Blueberries Sour are made with hops and fruits from fellow Salmon-Safe Certified B Corp Roy Farms in Moxee, Washington. While the third release sees the return of Evelyn Sunshine IPA, a brewed in honor of the birthday of HUB founders Christian and Brandie Ettinger’s daughter.
“Roy Farms’ hops are really showcased in this year’s Ace of Spades Imperial IPA; we put just about every hop we had in this brew. I’d tell you which ones, but they’re HOP SECRET!” stated Matt Speckenbach, Head Brewer at Hopworks, in a statement. “Roy Farms’ blueberries are also a key ingredient in our summer sour. As we like to say, When Life Gives You Blueberries, make a blueberry kettle sour!”
Evelyn Sunshine IPA is an annual summertime release that honors the birthday of the Ettinger’s daughter. It’s available on tap only at Hopworks’ two locations on SE Powell Boulevard in Portland and SE Mill Plain Boulevard in Vancouver, Washington.
“14 years ago, Evelyn Sunshine Ettinger came into our lives with rays so bright we tucked them into her middle name. We named her Sunshine for a few hours before chickening out and officially named her Evelyn after her Great Grandmother Forest Evelyn Laufer,” said Christian Ettinger, Founder & Brewmaster, in a statement. “So, as one does, you brew 600 gallons of over-hopped IPA to commemorate such a glorious occasion! This 14th version clocks in at 7.0% ABV with a light body that allows the ultraviolet hop spectrum to pass through! She’s classic and new world all at the same time. She and we hope you enjoy!”
Here are additional details on each of the three beers.
Evelyn Sunshine West Coast IPA
Light and bright like the summer sun, Evelyn Sunshine lets the hops shine through with notes of orange citrus and ripe peach with a deep, northwest dankness. 7.0% ABV. 80 IBU. Releases June 30.
Ace of Spades IIPA
This beast is hopped out with Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Waimea, Cryo Idaho 7, El Dorado, and Amarillo hops. Great big grapefruit aromas are complemented by ripe peach and cotton candy waves. Finishes with a classic NW pineyness. The malt stands back and lets the hops shine through. 8.6% ABV. 100 IBU. Releases July 2.
When Life Gives You Blueberries Sour
Fresh blueberries and lemon create the ultimate summertime sour reminiscent of your neighborhood lemonade stand. Made with 100% traceable and organic blueberries from Roy Farms in Eastern Washington. 5.5% ABV. 9 IBU. Releases July 2.
Ace of Spades IIPA ($15) and When Life Gives You Blueberries Sour ($10) are available on tap and in 16 oz. 4-packs at independent grocers and both Hopworks locations. Evelyn Sunshine IPA will be available on tap at both Hopworks locations.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 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 the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.