Wednesday 1 February 2012

GROWLER WATCH! Propeller One-Hit Wonder Series Returns

Halifax's Propeller Brewing Co. announced that its One-Hit Wonder series will return on February 1, with the release of 2xIPA, a double India Pale Ale. The series will feature a new limited-run brew on the first of each month leading up to the summer, available only in growler format. As for the inaugural offering, 2xIPA is touted as 'a TRUE hop bomb, for TRUE hopheads,' and packs a potent 85 IBUs and 8.3% ABV.

A double IPA was also released last year... could we perhaps expect some favourites to make a triumphant return in 2012? In the spirit of baseless speculation, and of course, to celebrate the return of the One-Hit Wonder series, we thought it fitting to look back at last year's offerings. 

Zwickelbier - An unfiltered lager, this one was gone before we had a chance to sample it last year. We're really hoping for another lager this year!

DiPA (Double IPA) - Interestingly, the DiPA was brewed using Warrior and Cascade hops, while this year's 2xIPA is brewed with Cascade and dry-hopped with Centennial. We're very interested to see how the 2xIPA compares to its predecessor, and also how it stacks up in relation to other local DIPAs, like Hart & Thistle's Rocketman (with which we have a rather interesting relationship).

Bock - Given my propensity for hoppier beers, I was really surprised that this malty beast was my favourite of last year's crop that I sampled. If they bring it bock this year, I promise to stop using 'bock' in such lame wordplay.

Maritime Mild - Brewed using Maritime-grown malt, the Mild was light, easy-to-drink, and delicious. Imagine something with the drinkability of Coors Light that tasted awesome and supported local farmers. Win-win-win.  

So there you have it. We'd certainly be happy if they brought back any or all of last year's brews, but are also intrigued by the potential for something new. I suppose that we'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, stay tuned for our impressions of 2xIPA later this week. Get those growlers ready! 

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