By Jacqueline Beard, Quality / Sensory Manager
It seems to us here at Bale Breaker that the Quarantine 15 was inevitable. How else should a body respond when pretty much overnight:
We’ve been feeling the weight of this extra responsibility to help our beer fans meet their fitness goals, so while you’ve been downloading Zoom backgrounds from your couch, we’ve been here in the Imagination Station (safely) developing new low-ABV crushers that give new meaning to the phrase “less is more”: more flavor, more freedom, and more wiggle room in your favorite jeans.
Developing a low-ABV beer which is both crisp and flavorful is no easy task:
Luckily, our intrepid brewers and fearless Brewmaster were up to the challenge.
We started with a low-alcohol beer based on a sour we developed for Yakima Taco Fest. We called it Lima Pequeña Sour (2.1%, 8 IBU) and added real lime and sea salt for a better version of Bud Light Lime that pairs perfectly with a good book while the kids are running through the sprinklers.
Next, we took on a flavorful, low-ABV IPA with Mosaic hops in the whirlpool and Citra hops in the fermenter. The result was a crisp, dry beer with a big citrus hop aroma called Little Lupulin IPA (2.5%, 27 IBU).
While we’ve developed some low-ABV beers that are as crushable and delicious as any of our full-strength beers, we’re continuing to innovate and refine these recipes in the Imagination Station.
Are we making you thirsty? Look for some of our experimental beers in growlers in our Saturday drive-through or at your favorite bar or restaurant once they can pour pints again.
Posted June 18, 2020