Ninkasi Maiden The Shade Celebrates Arrival of Summer

Ninkasi Brewing of Eugene, Oregon has been growing at an alarming rate producing many hop-forward brews such as the aptly named Total Domination IPA. A cult favorite, Maiden The Shade Ale will be available across the West Coast beginning July 1, just in time for summer and Oregon Craft Beer Month.

Founding brewer Jamie Floyd notes “When we’re not busy bringing you delicious beer, we like to come out and play, too – listening to music, dancing, checking out art and locally made crafts. Ninkasi’s salute to the festive spirit of summer is Maiden The Shade Ale – an exceptionally hopped ale with summer-style drinkability.”

Here’s some stats:Ninkasi Maiden The Shade Ale

  • First Brewed: 2009
  • Starting Gravity:
  • Bitterness: 72 IBUs
  • Alcohol %: 6.8
  • Malt: 2 Row Pale Malt, Viennal Malt, Flaked Barley
  • Hops: Summit, Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus, Crystal, Palisade, Amarillo

On the bottle:
A salute to the playful side of summer, we had fun with this beer! Maiden the Shade has a big robust hop character from the liberal use of 7 different varieties of hops. It is completed with a light colored malt backbone to stay in balance. Kick back and enjoy!!

Tasting Notes:
This beer has been dubbed a Summer IPA. Big powerful combinations of many different kinds of hops give a big hop profile. We added Flaked Barley to the beer to make for the smooth body and lighter Summer style IPA. Another Ninkasi Cult favorite!

Ninkasi marketing director James Book also informs us of some other brewery summer goings-on:
  • “Cult favorite,” Maiden The Shade hits northwest shelves and taverns in limited release July 1st(
  • Total Domination IPA is the complementary beer on Alaska /Horizon flights for the month of July.
  • Our biggest local yearly shindig, Whiteaker Block Party is Saturday August 6 from noon to midnight at Ninkasi Brewing Company located at 272 Van Buren in Eugene Oregon.
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