Five Boroughs Brewing Releases ‘Class of 2017’ Collaboration Pale Ale

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Five Boroughs Brewing Co. celebrated the start of New York City Beer Week with the release of “Class of 2017”, a special collaboration beer featuring nine different New York City breweries that opened during 2017.

Dubbed a New York City Pale Ale, Class of 2017 was made in partnership with the following breweries: Circa Brewing Co., Death Ave Brewing Company, Fifth Hammer Brewing Company, Five Boroughs Brewing Co., Island to Island Brewery, Kills Boro Brewing Company, Lineup Brewing, Randolph Beer DUMBO and Wartega Brewing.

“We wanted to do something special for New York City Beer Week that celebrated the large number of breweries that launched across the five boroughs in 2017 and are helping to grow the New York City craft beer scene,” said Blake Tomnitz, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Five Boroughs Brewing Co.

To show support for the farm brewery legislation that was passed in New York State, Class of 2017 features a variety of homegrown ingredients, which consist of more than 20 percent weight of both hops and other components all produced in the Empire State. Brewed on February 1st, 2018 at Five Boroughs Brewing Co., the pale ale includes a simple malt bill of 2-row and New York State heirloom wheat along with large additions of Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo hops from Pedersen Farms in Seneca Castle, New York. The local hops add a fruity, citrusy and piney character to the beer.

“Making a collaboration New York City Pale Ale with a large portion of New York State ingredients was extremely important to us,” said Tomnitz. “By brewing this beer we can help bring attention to the growing agricultural sector and alcoholic beverage industry in our state, while simultaneously, showing support for continued farm brewery legislation.”

To celebrate, Five Boroughs released Class of 2017 in their taproom on February 22nd in advance of New York City Beer Week. Four packs of 16-ounce cans are available for purchase along with a limited-edition celebratory Teku glass designed by illustrator, Abbey Lossing, whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and more. Additionally, beer author Justin Kennedy made a special appearance to sign copies of his new book, The Scratch & Sniff Guide to Beer.

Class of 2017 will also be available in four packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft throughout New York City. The beer was shipped to retailers beginning the week of February 19th. Furthermore, as a New York State Labeled Beer, all participating breweries will be able to pour Class of 2017 on draft and make cans available for purchase in their own taprooms.

For additional information about the brewery please visit the company’s website fiveboroughs.com.

About Five Boroughs Brewing Co.

Crafting flavorful beers to represent the greatest city in the world is not something we take lightly. Five Boroughs Brewing Co. is a New York City brewery and taproom open in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. We produce high-quality craft beers that embody the dynamic spirit of New York City, a place where aspirations are limited only by what you are able to brew up in your head.

Five Boroughs Brewing Co. aims to celebrate and encourage the exploration of craft beer and all the wonders the five boroughs of New York City have to offer. Ultimately, our goal is to create a culture and family that all New Yorkers can be a part of and a beer they can truly call their own.

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