Switchback Brewing Launches Smoked Beer Project

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Smoked beer has been reimagined by Switchback Brewing Co., home of Switchback Ale, Vermont’s number one selling draught beer. Switchback’s new Flynn on Fire Smoked Beer Initiative, a collection of expertly crafted beers, extends the brewery’s reputation for making drinkable beers with accessible, outstanding flavor.

Switchback’s Smoked Beer Initiative challenges the conventions of modern beer culture by exploring the endless possibilities of smoked malt. Each beer in this series proves that, when done right, smokiness adds complexity and character.

“Smoked beers are the oldest beers in the world,” said Switchback founder and brewmaster Bill Cherry. “Just like the greatly respected Belgian styles, goses and sours that have made their comeback, it’s now time for overlooked smoked beers to take the stage. At Switchback, we like rethinking beer flavor to make it very drinkable. Smokiness is a great contribution to beer, but it shouldn’t be the definition of the flavor. We’ve always been about balance, and our Flynn on Fire Series is no exception.”

The series consists of three beers: Gates of Helles, Smoked Märzen, and Blackstrap Ale, with more in development. The Flynn on Fire brews are available on draught and in 22oz bottles. An official celebration of the Initiative and of all things smoked, fired, and flamed will occur at Switchback Brewing Co. on September 29, 2018 at the inaugural Flynn on Fire Festival.

About Switchback Brewing Company

Switchback Brewing Company was founded in 2002 by master brewer Bill Cherry and his longtime friend Jeff Neiblum. To maximize complexity and flavor, the beer is left unfiltered and carbonated during fermentation by the yeast itself, creating a 100% naturally conditioned beer. In 2017, SwitchbackBrewing Co. officially became the first 100% employee-owned brewery in New England via an EmployeeStock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The move keeps the brewery locally owned and operated, still at its original home in the South End of Burlington, VT. Switchback beers are distributed in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

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