Introducing Friar Hal 75 Session IPA
A few months ago our buddy (and retired Nashville Predators defenseman) Hal Gill was introduced to Carl Meier over at the Black Abbey Brewing Company, Pat Martin knew Hal's love of good beer and took Hal over to Black Abbey, one of his favorite local breweries. Over a few beers in the Black Abbey Taproom a plan was hatched. Hal and The Black Abbey team would collaborate to make a special beer - one that would be sold exclusively at Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint.
Hal Gill is indeed a beer lover. He is a lover of the IPA style, but wanted to make a beer that's a little more drinkable. IPAs are known for their intense hop aroma and deep bitter flavor. Over the course of several months and four unique recipes, Hal and The Black Abbey team developed a special Session IPA that's custom-tailored for kicking back with friends (and BBQ, of course).
Unlike traditional IPAs, a Session IPA has the big, bright aromatics of a traditional IPA, but lighter, more balanced body without as much bitterness as a traditional IPA. And the lower alcohol content of a Session IPA means you can have a few and still have your wits about you.
The Friar Hal 75 Session IPA is dry-hopped with Bavaria Mandarina hops. As the name suggests, this particular variety of hops is known for its a pleasantly fruity, citrus-like aroma. Added to the beer after fermentation, the hops impart aroma to the beer but not bitterness. The result is a beer with a lighter body, a bright clementine and honeysuckle aroma with a smooth, clean citrus hop bitterness. It's truly a beer that's made for enjoying with friends - and whole hog bar-b-que.
Now that the beer is ready, all 40 kegs are being distributed to Nashville-area Martin's Bar-B-Joint locations, starting with a tapping event in Downtown Nashville on Friday, May 4.
Join Pat Martin, Carl and The Black Abbey Team and Hal Gill from 5-7pm on Friday, May 4 in the Upstairs Beer Garden at our Downtown Nashville Joint to be the first to enjoy this amazing brew!
And if you can't make it to the tapping event, be sure to get it while it lasts, as this beer is so good it won't be around long!