Summer on the mind with Summit Boundary Waters Box

It’s going to be a good couple of seasons for Minnesotans.

A couple old-time favorites are making a return in April as part of Summit’s Boundary Waters Box, including Summit’s Hefeweizen and Keller Pils, which debuted last year. That duo is joined by the always enjoyable Summer Ale and a debuting Summit Wit Bier. Each 12-ounce beer will be represented three times in the variety pack.

First introduced in 2002, the classic German wheat beer hasn’t been brewed by Summit since 2011.

“This classical style was first developed by the brewers of Bavaria, Germany, to refresh thirsty beer lovers during hot continental European summers,” says Summit head brewer Damian McConn. “It was one of our very first seasonal beers, and with its effervescent, slightly dry finish, beautiful golden haze, and billowing head of foam atop the glass, this is truly one of the most refreshing beer styles available.”

Summit says its Wit Bier will feature a light body and a slightly dry, tart finish.

“Wit Biers contain significant amounts of protein and yeast in suspension,” says Damo. “They’re typically lightly hopped and lower in alcohol, containing pale malt, malted and unmalted wheat, and a touch of oats for mouthfeel and body. Our Summit Wit Bier follows this traditional profile, with small amounts of orange peel, grains of paradise, and fresh-ground coriander enhancing the final beer’s citrus and herbal qualities.

“For a unique spin on this world classic,” Damo adds, “we’ve used 100 percent Mandarina Bavaria hops and an obscure Belgian white yeast strain for aromas of peach, apricot, and additional citrus refreshment.”

The Boundary Waters Box will be released the first week of April.

Summit Hefeweizen information
ABV: 4.8%
IBU: 18
Color: Harvest Gold (7L)
Malts: German Pils, US Pils, US Wheat, Carapils, Carawheat
Hops: Tettnang
Yeast: German Ale Yeast
Serving Tips: Serve at 38–42ºF in a Hefeweizen glass. Skip the lemon wedge and instead pair your Hefe with traditional German dishes like weisswurst, wiener schnitzel, and spaetzle. Also try white fish, chicken flautas, or Bavarian salad.

Summit Wit Bier information
ABV: 4.8%
IBU: 15
Color: Pale Straw (5L)
Malts: Pils Malt, Wheat Malt, Acidulated Malt, Raw Wheat, Flaked Oats
Hops: Mandarina Bavaria
Kettle Additions: Orange peel, grains of paradise, fresh-ground coriander
Yeast: Belgian Ale Yeast
Serving Tips: Serve in a stemmed wheat beer glass at 38–42F. Pair with shellfish, steamed mussels, gruyere cheese, fruit salad, goat’s cheese omelet, or white pizza.

Summit Keller Pils
IBUs: 38
ABV: 5.1%
Color: Pale Straw (4L)
Malts: Weyermann Barke Pilsner Malt
Hops: Tettnang, Huell Melon
Yeast: German Lager
Serving Tips: Serve in a Pilsner glass. Pair with foods like Caesar salad bites, grilled meat with chimichurri sauce, pork belly, or street tacos.



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