Summit Brewing: Truly Unchained

Can you believe that Summit Brewing has released 22 beers in their Unchained series. Quite the variety of styles in this portfolio. From dead on interpretations such as the Kölsch to truly unique brews such as Herkulean Woods, ale brewed with Minnesota malts and maple syrup plus spruce tips from Iowa. For Unchained 22, the Zingiber Cream Ale brewer Christian Dixon borrowed from a classic and made it truly unique.

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With a truly American and truly crushable style does Mr. Dixon begin. Cream Ale, that half ale, half lager hybrid that everyone seems to want to cross the border is the base of this beer. Add to that Hawaiian ginger to give it a nice, bright spiciness and beer drinkers have quite the summer brew on their hands.

We can’t forget about those vitals, for homebrewers and aspiring Cicerone’s alike.

Zingiber Cream Ale Information
Malts: 2-Row, German Pils, C-15, German Cologne, Torrefied Wheat
Hops: Sterling, Mt. Hood
Kettle Additions: Fresh Organic Hawaiian Ginger
ABV: 5.3%
IBU: 35
Color: Harvest Gold
Yeast: Munich Lager II, American Ale II

This beer will be served everywhere fine craft beers are served, but check out some of the great kickoff events Summit has planned.

Summit Beer Hall
4 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday, June 10
Meet brewer Christian Dixon and taste Zingiber Cream Ale hooked up to a hop rocket full of fresh ginger
Live music by Dan Israel, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Keegan’s Irish Pub
4 p.m., Friday, June 17
Meet brewer Christian Dixon

So drink the beer, shake Christian’s hand and marvel at 22 truly unique and wonderful beers from this Minnesota brewing icon.

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Born and raised in St. Paul, he fell in love with craft beer as many Minnesotans have, with his first sip of Surly Furious. He considers himself a beer geek who doesn't look down at those who don't happen to share his passion. Aspiring home brewer, and Certified Cicerone®, his love for craft beer knows no stylistic bounds. He can be found on Twitter @Taylor_Callais