Listen up, IPA lovers! Our brewers have concocted another delicious India Pale Ale for your enjoyment. Named for the moniker assigned to the site now home to our restaurant, brewing and distilling facility in Grand Mound, we affectionately refer to this brew as our Eagle One IPA.
The Chehalis Tribe owns numerous parcels of land in southwest Washington and most of them are internally referred to by specific names that have either been casually or formally established. When the Chehalis Tribe bought four parcels in Grand Mound, they decided to call them Eagle One, Two, Three and Four, keeping in the tradition of our Lucky Eagle Casino. Talking Cedar’s restaurant, brewery and distillery now sit on the site known as Eagle One, so it felt like a fitting name for our first new IPA release of 2021.
“This is my favorite of all the IPAs we’ve brewed so far,” says Jason Summers, our brewery’s business manager and a self-described IPA fanatic. While it’s similar to our PNW IPA, the grain bill is modeled after some of the original IPAs that came out of the Pacific Northwest in the 1980s. Our brewers achieved this with a fair amount of caramel malt and a little bit of flaked wheat to give the beer a full, round body.
For hops, our brewers selected Citra, Amarillo and Columbus hops. Of the three, Columbus is a more traditional hop. “It’s not citrusy and it doesn’t carry those tropical fruit flavors you find in a lot of other IPAs,” explains Ryan Myhre, our quality control lab technician. “What you’ll find instead is a dank, piney, earthy character common of classic IPAs.”
This IPA is hazy with a vibrant orange color. Its hop profile brings leads with bitterness to balance out the body. “This is old school meets new school,” says Ryan. “It’s very easy to drink.” This is our lowest-ever IPA in terms of ABVs, so don’t be afraid to have a couple. Coming in at 6.5%, this is a fantastic candidate for a growler fill or a pint with dinner (or lunch – no judgment).
The Talking Cedar restaurant in Grand Mound is open for indoor dining, growler fills and carryout orders. The new Eagle One IPA is on tap and ready to delight your taste buds, but only for a little while. We only brewed seven kegs and it’s already moving fast, so swoop in on this one while you can!