Epidemic Ales Salutes Our Veterans

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Epidemic Ales of Concord, CA, have a special addition to their canned lineup this week: their DD-214 Unfiltered IPA, just in time for Veteran’s Day. Announced via the company Instagram, the beer is a right-in-the-pocket 6.7% ABV, 43 IBU, brewed with “…a special Veteran’s Blend Hop from Yakima Chief Hops.” The description goes on to list the hops found in the blend: Idaho 7, Sabro, Mosaic, HBC 630 and HBC 692. “…you get a snap of floral/herbal undertone but the big finish is all citrus and juice.” Sounds like a winner to me.

The beer, released on Veteran’s Day in cans and on draft, was a collaboration brew featuring Marine Corps Veteran Jim Brown. The brewery has never put the beer in cans before, so they honored the special release with a “shiny new label,” found on the Instagram link. Additionally, the brewing company is offering a buy one get one deal on all pints for veterans and members of our armed forces. 

Epidemic Ales of Concord, CA was opened in 2016 and has been committed to the art of beer and the passion that drives it. Founded by six couples with a strong knack for home brew, the brewery has grown considerably in the four years since its official inception. With 24 taps pouring in the taproom, there is plenty of variety for beer drinkers of all kinds. Currently flowing beers include Tartastrophe Fruited Sour, multiple IPAs including an American style, New England IPA, Double IPA, and three separate stouts. One of the stouts is a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Vanilla Imperial stout weighing in at a high and mighty 10.3% ABV. The website describes the beer as “A beer and a shot in one.” If you find yourself in the area, the brewery currently distributes to bars, taprooms and restaurants, but not currently liquor stores. Keep an eye out for these tasty brews in your area in the future.

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