Drake’s + Mikkeller (+ “a stupid amount of hops”) = Drakeller

Drakkeller3SAN LEANDRO, CA – Drake’s Brewing Co. and Mikkeller have teamed up again for another collaboration, the Drakkeller Double IPA. In typical gypsy fashion, Mikkeller’s Brewery Relations manger Thomas Schøn swung through the SF Bay Area on February 12, 2014 during SF Beer Week and stopped by to brew a collaboration.

If you know Drake’s, you know we’re fully on board the West Coast hop train. And if you know Mikkeller, you know they’re all about pushing limits without losing sight of the goal of any beer- to be tasty- so we knew the beer should be a representation of the West Coast with some Mikkeller-esque experimentation thrown in.

After some discussion between Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, Thomas Schøn and our brewmaster John Gillooly, we ended up taking the best of both worlds and brewed a double IPA dry-hopped exclusively with a “stupid amount of” new experimental hop from Washington’s Yakima Valley, Azacca. It’s a new hop that’s already exciting brewers all up & down the West Coast, with heavy notes of citrus & tangerine, along with pine and apple.

Drakkeller Double IPA is an 8% Double IPA that both Mikkeller and Drake’s can call “our kind of beer.” It will first be tapped on Thursday, March 13th at Mikkeller Bar in downtown San Francisco.  After that, expect to see this on draft at a few select beer joints across the Bay Area, as well Drake’s Barrel House in San Leandro.

This is Drake’s and Mikkeller’s second collaboration, the first being the Invasion IPA brewed and bottled at Drake’s in November 2011.

For more information on this brew, please contact Marketing Director Kelsey Williams at kelsey@drakesbrewing.com or by phone 510-568-2739 x.10.