Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and there are plenty of ways to ensure that beer is involved in your plans. There have always been hidden beer gems that are suitable wine-replacements, but recent trends within the industry have unveiled tons of great wine-beer combinations that bridge the gap between the two types of alcoholic beverages. Breweries have been taking full advantage and one best style to come out of this experimentation, the Brut IPA. This style is one of the many way’s breweries are trying to diversify their portfolio and appeal to a broader range of beer-drinkers, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to introduce someone special in your life to one of these delicious Brut IPAs.
ABV | 7.0%
Abita Brewing is known for a nice variety of beers, and they have jumped in on the Brut trend with their “Stratosbeer,” which is a 7.0% option. Abita’s entry into the Brut IPA category keeps things relatively light and drinkable while keeping the staple dry flavors with a champagne-like body. Abita holds the bitterness of their Stratosbeer relatively low at 35 IBU, which means you’ll be ready to blast off after experiencing how tasty this Brut IPA truly is.
Sierra Nevada Brut IPA
ABV | 6.2%
It’s no surprise to see bigger breweries jumping on the Brut trend, which is precisely what Sierra Nevada did to kick off 2019. This beer stays true to the style with a straightforward entry that is “bone dry,” crisp and has a traditional champagne-style finish. Sierra Nevada adds in hops at the end of the brewing process to balance out any bitterness, which makes this Brut IPA very drinkable and a safe option for those looking to get into the style.
Ballast Point Brut IPA
ABV | 7.0%
Ballast Point is known for their phenomenal IPA entries, and it makes sense they want to try and conquer another category with their Brut IPA. While the brewery’s popularity exploded thanks to their fruit-forward Sculpin IPA series, a Brut IPA is something different. This dry IPA is light bodied and also light in bitterness, but it does not lack a juicy, citrus hop character that turns it into something a little more unique, which makes it worth trying!