Polycot, a “wheat wine” made with locally grown fresh apricots should be on store shelves in a couple of weeks, but it wouldn’t have made it without the help of the breweries loyal fans.
Back in June Hangar 24 put out the call for helpers to de-sticker and pit hundreds of pounds of locally sourced apricots that would then go into batches of the Hangar 24 seasonal take on their flagship Orange Wheat. Beer Search Party’s Sean Inman was one of the helpful volunteers that answered the call, and you can read about the experience here.
The resulting 7.2%ABV beer, Polycot, is just about ready for release and will get tapped first in the Hangar 24 tasting room on August 5th before its retail launch on the 6th. The following week the next release of the Hangar 24 Barrel Roll series of barrel-aged beers, Chandelle - a soured and oak-aged version of Polycot, will be released.
These two new beers from Redlands join a parade of new summer releases from LA breweries. Last week saw the launch of Golden Road Brewing’s Imperial IPA Surfliner, and tomorrow another new, as of yet unrevealed, beer will be released at the Pub.
Eagle Rock Brewing has released both Umlaut, a new Koslch, and a Belgian Pale Ale called Unionist in recent weeks.
It is summer-time and the beer keeps on flowing! What has been your favorite new beer this summer?