Russell Brewing emailed me today announcing their first limited release beer Russell IP’eh, a Canadian IPA, eh? We have a significant history with Russell (which you can read about here, here, and here); one of the criticisms we had of them was that their beer was rather uninteresting. It is for this reason we are happy to see Russell branching out with a bolder limited release. Erik and I actually tried a cask of Russell prototype IPA at a Dix Cask Thursday in the not too distant past. The beer we tried was delicious, hoppy, and well balanced. If this limited release is of the same recipe, then I eagerly await this beer. Of recent BC IPA releases, it would surpass Granville Island’s Brockton IPA and give Central City a run for their money. We are only speculating at this point, but we have our hopes and we’ll definitely be giving this one a try.
No specific release date was mentioned, but we were told that the IP’eh will be available in draught form. There will also be 1500 650ml bottles sold at Brewery Creek, Darby’s Liquor Store, Firefly Fine Wines and Ales and Liberty Wine Merchants in Vancouver. If you see it, purchase this rare bottle and give it a shot.