As long as I write about beer, I will shamelessly plug any brewery from my home state of Maryland. Even more so when my hometown brewery, Astro Labs, teams up with Ocelot from across the river in Virginia to brew a collaboration. A little dash of this, a little splash of that, and you might end up with their newest creation, Mr. Fresh.
Less a collaboration beer and more a beer fusion, each brewery contributes pieces of their best New England IPA. Ocelot’s Mr. Kite brings an exclusive hopping of Cryo Citra hops** in the whirlpool. Astro Lab’s brings the brewery owner’s three favorite hops (Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic, and Citra) to the table. Add in the grist of a classic New England IPA, and voila! Mr. Fresh is born.
This beer hits all the fantastic NE IPA notes you have come to love. “Tropical fruit, candied lime, Valencia orange, grapefruit pith, and white wine,” swirl together to deliver a refreshing and epic entrant to their tap lists.
** Cryo hops are a super concentrated type of hop that is now on the market