When we released Spirit Foul, our hazy IPA collaboration with Modern Times Beer, we expected it to be a beer that would be pretty popular, and one that might raise an eyebrow or two. We were not expecting the full-on onslaught that we got instead! That said, we couldn’t be happier or more proud that you all enjoyed the beer so much, and so we’ve decided to re-release it. The second batch of Spirit Foul is roughly double the size of the first, so with any luck it will make it more places, and be (slightly) easier to find than the first round.
One thing that Spirit Foul‘s first release revealed to us is that our distribution plan for special releases needed some work. We hope that Round 2 of Spirit Foul sets a good baseline for all of the special releases we have planned for the rest of 2017 and 2018. We apologize to those who spent time and energy looking for cans the first go-round and couldn’t find them. We hope that you’ll accept our apology in the form of a second release and that those of you who aren’t familiar with the rest of our catalog of beers will take this opportunity to find out why we love Pils (and IPA, and Roselle, and Giantsbane) so much.
A note about haze, IPAs, and our plans going forward as well: we’ve put out many a hazy beer in our day, but until a couple of months ago, we had zero plans to embrace the haze craze in IPAs. Safe to say Spirit Foul has changed our tune on that front. Being able to collaborate with a brewery like Modern Times helped calibrate our expectations, and now that we’ve done it a few times, we feel like may have something to add to the discussion, our interpretation of the style. You may notice some changes in our core IPA that reflect these new directions over the next couple of months. We’ll be sure to clue you into those as they happen.
We’re also happy to announce the arrival of MIRROR UNIVERSE, a new hazy IPA that will be available in cans and on draft in early 2018. MIRROR UNIVERSE will also spawn a series of hazy IPAs, pale ales, and DIPAs that will be available exclusively at our taproom, in very small batch sizes. We hope to release these to you in 750ml form and to use this series as a laboratory to understand where IPA has come from, where it’s going, and why. More details soon.
Thanks as always for drinking Fair State, and please bear with us as Spirit Foul Round 2 rolls out into distribution − it will be a week before it hits all of its destinations. Visit our Spirit Foul Locator page for information about locations, quantities, and more.
Niko & Fair State Co-op