Toronto, ONT – Collective Arts Brewing has recently launched four new products as part of their Collective Project series. Imperial IPA, Black IPA, Imperial Porter and Pear Saison Cider are among the lineup, all released within five weeks of each other. Collective Projects are the company’s way of expressing their creativity. With their ethos of being creative in every aspect of their work, Collective Projects are what they described as a “liquid jam session.”
This Imperial IPA (ABV 8.5%, IBU 100) has been described by Ryan Morrow, Collective Arts’ brewmaster as “a fruity IPA with bitter hops and notes of berry, mango, and peach; an interplay between earthy bitterness, the fruity, berry character and piney depth.” Released at the brewery store on November 19th, it will be available in select LCBO stores in Ontario the week of December 4th and select retailers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont the following week. Due to the alcohol being greater than 7.1% ABV this beer cannot be sold at grocery stores in Ontario due to a government restriction.
Black IPA (ABV 6.8%, IBU 75) is back for its second season as a smaller release that will make it to Ontario grocery stores. “Made with Australian Galaxy hops and Mosaic and Simcoe from Yakima, Washington, our Black IPA is smooth with a dry finish and some lingering hop bitterness,” according to Morrow. Black IPA was released at the brewery store on November 26th and is now available at bars, restaurants and grocery stores. The Black IPA will also spread coast to coast in Canada and into the New England States.
This Imperial Porter (ABV 8.8%, IBU 50) will be the second porter in the Collective Arts’ lineup, building on the World Beer Cup medal-winning Stranger Than Fiction Porter. Described by Morrow as “thick and full-bodied with copious waves of roast flavour as well as hints of vanilla, espresso and rich chocolate. Dark chocolate and caramel malts make this porter smooth, creamy and decadent.” Imperial Porter will be released at the brewery on December 10th and will also be available in craft beer bars and select retailers across Ontario, Western Canada and the New England States. With the launch of this beer, Collective Arts will open their online beer store, which will ship products across Ontario. This will make limited brews available to a more widespread audience. Again, due to the higher alcohol it is not available for sale at grocery stores in Ontario.
Pear Saison Cider (ABV 5.6%) is the third cider from Collective Arts, following their Local Press and Apple & Cherry Ciders. Collective Arts cider maker Matt Howell describes it as “a perry fermented with French Saison Yeast. The nose is complex with fresh pear, fruit and spice. A dry finish on the palate balanced by a slight tannic bitterness.” Pear Saison was released in the brewery store on December 3rd, as they launched their newly acquired Cider license. Pear Saison will be available across bars, restaurants and grocery stores in Ontario the weeks following.
About Collective Arts Brewing
Collective Arts was founded in 2013 by Matt Johnston and Bob Russell on the belief that creativity fuels creativity. Collective Arts is committed to fusing the craft of brewing with the inspired talents of emerging artists. On the inside, the beers are designed to be as diverse, creative and unwavering as the artists profiled; respecting tradition but not constrained by it. On the outside, Collective Arts features limited-edition works of art by artists and musicians that change every few months. To date over 500 artists and musicians have been featured and championed by Collective Arts.