ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Ever notice some beers are served with a wedge of lemon or orange perched atop the glass? Or what about a chunk of lime squeezed into the bottle? Some folks like their beer with a garnish, and that’s OK. Here at Summit Brewing Co., though, we’d rather skip it. Call us picky.
That said, we do enjoy a little fruit refreshment from time to time. Case in point: Summit Skip Rock, a new White Ale joining our year-round lineup of traditional, gimmick-free beers. Brewed with tangerine peel from California and New Mexico, the beer’s fruit profile gets a boost of orange and floral notes from fresh-ground coriander. In the end, these ingredients offer the best of both worlds: Balanced flavors and aromas of zesty citrus and spice, and zero sour citrus pulp.
Brewed with oats and malted and flaked wheat for a soft, full body, Summit Skip Rock pours pale straw in color with a pillowy white head. Slightly sweet and just a little tart beneath the surface, it offers notes of cereal and biscuit, plus a touch of clove and a crisp, refreshing finish.
“Wit Biers like this traditionally feature coriander and curaçao orange peel,” said Summit Brewer Tom Mondor, “but we’ve used tangerine peel instead of bitter orange to help enhance the ‘oranginess’ of the beer. We’ve also used Hopsteiner’s newer Lemondrop hop varietal, which provides a pronounced lemon-citrus note along with hints of green tea and melon.”
Get your first taste of Summit Skip Rock — sans garnish, of course — at the Summit Beer Hall Thursday, April 19, 2018. Special guestsFriends of the Boundary Waters Wildernesswill be on hand from 6–9 p.m.to help us host Boundary Waters Bingo, an event featuring free prizes and merchandise from Summit and the Friends of the BWCAW. During the event, we’ll be donating $1 from every pint sold to Friends of the BWCAW.
In the weeks following, find Summit Skip Rock in the Summit Boundary Waters Box variety pack alongside Summit Hefeweizen, Summit Golden Fruited, and Summit Lazy Sipper.
Beginning June 1, Summit Skip Rock will be available year-round and on its own in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12-oz. cans. So, be patient! It’s gonna be great.
Summit Skip Rock
Color: Hazy Straw (4.5 L)
Malts: Pale Malt, Malted White Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Munich, Rolled Oats
Hops: Lemondrop, Mt. Hood
Kettle Additions: Tangerine peel, Fresh-ground coriander
Serving Tips: Serve at 38–44º F in a tulip. A big one, like, the size of a boot. Which is not the traditional way to drink a Witbier, but you’ll like it anyway.
Suggested Pairings: Pizza, for starters. Lobster rolls or fish tacos, too, or creamy cheeses on rye crackers. Fresh salads. And, uh, more pizza.
About Summit Brewing Company
Founded in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1986, Summit Brewing Company has remained close to its roots, refreshing thirsty folks throughout the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Currently available in five states, Summit now produces seven year-round premium craft beers, seven occasionals, four seasonal brews, and the limited-release Union Series. Since our inception, we’ve been a consistent pioneer in the craft beer movement. For everything Summit Brewing, visit summitbrewing.com.