After years of trying to out-hop each other with ultra-strong IPAs, craft brewers these days looking to prove they can do more with less. Less alcohol content, that is. Maryland’s own Heavy Seas is the latest to offer up a session ale, and it’ll be their first new brew to set sail year-round since 2003.
Cross Bones IPA is slated to have a 4.5 percent ABV (Alcohol by Volume) content, which is significantly less alcohol than the 7.25 percent of their flagship Loose Cannon IPA. It will be available in cans, and bottles, along with draft, beginning in January, 2015.
“After being capacity constrained for the last few years, it is exciting to be able to dive into some new projects for 2015,” said Heavy Seas founder, Hugh Sisson.
A new slate of seasonal offerings is also in store. An English Porter called Deep 6 will be available for the cold weather months from January-March. By spring, they’ll get back to the hops with Double Cannon Double IPA (April-June), followed by the Smooth Sail Summer Ale to accompany the sun and fun.
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