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Backyard Bonfire Smoked IPA – another summer pleaser!

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Backyard Bonfire Smoked IPA – another summer pleaser!

I have long been a firm believer in the saying “there’s a beer for every occasion”. So when summertime came along and the hop vines started growing and friends were having cookouts, it seemed only fitting to find a way to encompass these occasions in a beer. Backyard Bonfire was that beer. It first started as a homebrew using hops grown in my backyard with a pleasant amount of smoked malts to give a unique and rather graceful blend perfect for sharing with friends and family.

We at O’Connor Brewing have taken this idea and recipe to create a wonderfully unique beer to offer to all of our guests. Keeping with the backyard theme of this beer we received a little help from our friends at Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, VA who supplied us with cherry and apple-wood smoked malts. These wonderful malts give a beautiful smokey character that pairs extremely well with the fruit notes found in the Citra, Mosaic, and Sorachi Ace hops. The perfect beer for that gathering of friends and family around the bonfire showcasing the fruits of our labor here in VA. Cheers!

Written by Nick Curtis – Shipping & Receiving Manager, Chef, Homebrewer, and all around Great Guy.

Come join in the fun for the Backyard Bonfire Smoked IPA release this Friday, June 12th from 4-8pm!  It’s smokin good!!


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