Introducing Your Right Hand Man - Courage Partner!

Posted on Aug. 26, 2020, 10 a.m.

You are poised on the start line, with only 12.1 miles between you and another check off your bucket list. Despite a lifelong, crippling fear of public speaking, you just got handed the mic to deliver a toast at your best bud’s wedding reception. You’re celebrating the Big Four-Oh by skydiving. Or after some seriously sustained eye contact, you head down the length of the bar to introduce yourself. Your nerves may be jangling, but you aren’t rattled. You’re resolute. 

You’ve never shied from a challenge. So, when it’s time to make it happen, our new lo-cal IPA has got your back. Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo and El Dorado hops step up to deliver audacious hop character.  And with only 110 calories, 4g carbs, and 3.7% ABV, Courage Partner won’t drag you down. 


Your Mother’s loves a challenge, as well. In this case, the task was to brew a low calorie, low carb beer that delivered the flavor and drinkability craft beer lovers demand of an India pale ale. The brain trust in the brew house set to work, introducing a handful of processes unique to Courage Partner. The beer begins with a simple, light grain bill of two row pale malt with a touch of caramel malt for a hint of sweetness. We then mashed the wort to a slightly higher than necessary gravity, which was then diluted to the desired gravity with pure water. This unusual step prevented the wort from developing any unwelcome tannic astringency. Cascade hops in the boil provide the hop character of a classic American IPA. In the cellar, we employed a lager yeast strain fermented at a warmer temperature that is warmer than usual for this yeast. The attenuated beer is clean and crisp, with a mild fruitiness from ester production in the fermentation. Our dry-hopping routine also involved exploring some new paths. Additions of Amarillo and El Dorado hops were supplemented with concentrated Centennial lupulin hop powder for all the juicy and resinous flavors with significantly less vegetal presence to obscure the bright, candied lemon and citrus character of the beer. All in all, delivering a beer unlike any we’ve ever brewed required an approach unlike any we’ve taken. Challenge accepted. And vanquished. 

But let’s not let the technical details detract from the bottom line: Courage Partner is the go-to beer when it’s game on. Crisp and balanced with a bright and fruity hop aroma and flavor, it’s the beer for when action is required, no matter the challenge before you. When you need that friend that won’t stop ‘til you do, your wing woman, your right hand man, Courage Partner is brewed to be the wind beneath your wings without weighing you down. Cheers.

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