(Ithaca, NY) – I received some details this afternoon from Jeff O’Neil on what’s new at Ithaca Beer Co.:
Chief among them is the new batch of Ithaca Brute which will be released this Friday, July 30th. Doors open at 11am when the brewery will start pouring draft samples (no growlers) while the keg lasts. Ithaca made 250 cases, half of which will be for sale at the brewery retail store with a one case limit per customer. The other half is being allocated to Ithaca’s local market, NYC, Boston and Philadelphia. Brute should be hitting shelves within a couple of weeks depending upon when each wholesaler takes their next load.
Brute is one of a number of beers occasionally released as part of the Ithaca Excelsior! Series. This one is rated not only as the best of the lot but the best of the brewery at both RateBeer and Beer Advocate.
O’Neil also shared his lineup for this weekend’s big celebration, Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. Along with the just-announced Super Friends IPA Collaboration, O’Neil said that he will have the following beers on tap: “Brute 2010, LeBleu, White Gold, Ground Break, Ithaca 12, Partly Sunny and Cold Front. Tickets for that event have long been sold out.