REDLANDS, CA — Hangar 24’s Local Fields series is comprised of six specialty beers each brewed once per year featuring locally sourced (Southern California) ingredients. Local Fields beers showcase unique seasonal styles and distinct flavor combinations.
A play on words, Local Fields represents both local crops and nearby air fields which will be represented in each of the series’ beer labels.
The brewery’s June release of Essence reveals a Double IPA brewed with navel oranges, blood oranges and grapefruit all grown in Hangar 24’s hometown of Redlands, CA. The beer’s citrus flavors and aromas intensify the zesty Cascade and Zythos hops resulting in an invigorating Double IPA with a pleasant, defining bitterness.
To Hangar 24, the name Essence was a natural fit as they feel the beer not only represents the essence of Southern California but also the essence of Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and how combining citrus with beer has fueled their success. The brewery’s flagship beer, Orange Wheat, is brewed with whole, locally grown oranges.
Essence will debut at Hangar 24 Craft Brewery (1710 Sessums Drive, Redlands, CA) on Saturday June 2, beginning at 11 a.m. A very limited amount of signed and numbered prints of the Essence label illustration will also be available for purchase at the brewery on the same day.
Southern California distribution (draught and 22oz. bottles) of Essence will begin the week of June 4.
The next slated Local Fields release, Polycot (a Hangar 24 fan-favorite), is a wheat beer brewed with fresh apricots grown in Southern California’s high desert. Polycot will also be available on draught and in 22 oz. bottles in early August, (exact date to be determined based on the apricot harvest).
Hangar 24 also recently announced that Warmer their Local Fields winter release received a gold medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup┬« in the Specialty Beer category. Warmer is brewed with spruce from the San Bernardino M┬¡┬¡┬¡┬¡ountains and will next be released in December.