CHICAGO — Lake Effect Brewing Company announces the launch of its Inland Seas Series, a collection of eight new beers, inspired by the characteristics and mood and including some feature ingredients from each of the Great Lakes and their surrounding regions.
“We are absolutely ecstatic about the launch of our Inland Seas Series,” says Lake Effect Master Brewer and Owner Clint Bautz. “The Great Lakes are so vital to the lives of everyone who lives around them, especially brewers who rely on their fresh waters, that it seemed perfect to bring awareness to them by taking our fans on a lake-by-lake tour, exploring the individual characters and local flavors that they bring.”
Beginning with Lake Nipigon Wild White Ale, a 100-percent brettanomyces fermented wheat ale, dry hopped with a blend of aromatic hops embodying the spirit of Nipigon’s forested shores, the Inland Sea Series is scheduled to release a new beer every six weeks throughout the remainder of 2016.
Joining Lake Nipigon Wild White Ale, which can currently be found on shelves at Binny’s Beverage Depot, Whole Foods Markets and independent craft beer stores, other Inland Seas Series beers will include:
- Lake Huron Blueberry Berlinerweisse Ale – May Release
- Lake Michigan Aged Strong Blonde Ale with Cherries – June Release
- Lake Superior American Style Barley Wine – September Release
- Lake Erie Imperial Brown Ale with Maple Syrup – October Release
- Niagara Falls Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout – October-November Release
- Lake Ontario Wine Barrel Aged Strong Blonde – November Release
- St. Lawrence River Gose Ale – December Release
Hand-made in small batches, the Inland Seas Series will continue with Lake Effect’s mantra of quality over quantity. “To ensure that each of the Inland Seas beers brings the absolute truest flavors and quality that its namesake deserves, our plan is to keep production to just about 100 cases per variety,” says Bautz.
A former architect and urban planner, Bautz brings a special passion for the Great Lakes to his brewing at Lake Effect. “I have this intimate bond with the lakes, knowing that humans are 70 percent water, and that water for Chicagoans is from the lake right out in front of our city. We are the lake and the lake is us,” says Bautz.
Founded in 2011, Lake Effect’s current offerings include three flagship beers: Falcon Dive (India pale ale brewed with Falconers Flight and Hallertau Blanc hops), Lake Effect Snow (wheat beer brewed with spice and orange peel) and Bitchin Blonde (Belgain-style blonde wheat ale); its specialty wild and sour ales, including Pamplemouse, Brett Framboise and Brett Cerise; its award-winning stouts; and its collaborative beers with Superdawg, Morton Arboretum, Fountainhead and Medina Golf Club.
To learn more about Lake Effect and its Inland Seas Series, visit www.lakeeffectbrewing.com/inland-seas-series.