Brothers Craft Brewing - Calypso
- ABV: 6.0%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 45
- Serving Temperature: 45-50º F
- Suggested Glassware: IPA Glass, Pint Glass
- Malts: 2-Row, Dextrin, Wheat, Oats
- Hops: Apollo, Simcoe, Amarillo, Calypso
Calypso is a new release from Brothers, having been introduced around the beginning of 2020. Presenting a bright, lightly coppery, golden color with a cap of off-white foam, this IPA offers a beguiling aroma. Look for prominent, luscious, juicy fruit impressions with soft citruses including orange, tangerine, and lime, with tropical fruits, pear, and a touch of stone fruit. We picked up supple floral notes and undertones of herbal pine, tea, and earth here too – the nose on this is quite complex with a variety of subtly different facets. On the palate, there's a sturdy core of pale malts and wheat providing a nice dose of breadiness and a really good sense of body and roundness for a session IPA. Look for the hops to come through nicely balanced between multiple fruity notes and secondary herbal tones, with plenty of hop bitterness to provide a satisfying and drying bite. The whole effort just comes across super harmonious and balanced, with that hop expression keeping us going in for another sip as soon as we had downed the one before. Pair this brew with teriyaki chicken with grilled pineapple, citrus marinated beef skewers, or chile lime fajitas. Cheers!
Situated in the Shenandoah Valley, Brothers Craft Brewing began business in December of 2012, the realization of a dream of three brothers: Adam, Jason, and Tyler Shifflett. Originally named Three Brothers Brewing, the brewery rebranded in April of 2015 to avoid potential conflicts with other marks, and to better represent the sense of brotherhood and camaraderie among the entire staff of the company - why limit the brotherhood to three, after all? The roots of the business go back to when Adam, the eldest brother, started homebrewing while still in the Navy, where he had worked as a nuclear powered submarine engineer. After leaving the Navy and developing his skill as a brewer, he and his brothers joined up and started a production brewery to serve the Harrisonburg area and the surrounding Shenandoah Valley, which the brothers had always called home.
Now, in 2020, the brothers are still as focused as ever on producing the highest quality and freshest beer for their local community. But, their community focus doesn't end with the beer; the brewery supports numerous charitable initiatives including a gift drive each December for Mercy House, the Souper Bowl Food Drive in February, the United Way's Stuff the Bus campaign each summer, and, one Friday per month, Cask for a Cause, which features a beer brewed specifically to support a local nonprofit. Currently the brewery produces four year-round beers, five seasonals, and a growing list of literally dozens of limited and one-off brews including barrel-aged, wild, sour, and experimental beers. For more info on the brewery, their Taproom, or their Horizon Society club featuring limited production brews in 750-ml bottles, visit www.brotherscraftbrewing.com.
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