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Summit releases third beer in Union Series: Southern Cape

Summit Brewing Company today announces the release of the third beer from the limited-release Union Series: Southern Cape. The Union Series explores the latest malts and hops in the industry by focusing on brewing with new raw materials and ingredients. Southern Cape will be available the week of June 9.

Southern Cape draws its inspiration from the Sparkling Ales traditionally brewed around Adelaide in South Australia. The fruitiness of an Aussie yeast strain combines with New Zealand and South African hops to produce a gentle aroma of pineapple and mango, while malts from Chile and Australia provide a soft toasted note and rounded finish. This is a lower alcohol beer with a refreshing hop bitterness and lively carbonation. It is unfiltered and slightly cloudy for greater flavor and aroma. 

“The beer derives its name from the Southern Cape hop farms in South Africa. All four countries supplying ingredients also have one of the four great capes used for navigation in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Damian McConn, Head Brewer at Summit. “This southern inspired ale will go great with a warm summer afternoon!”

Southern Cape marks the third entry in Summit’s Union series, where new and more obscure ingredients are combined with traditional techniques to produce limited-availability beers. While most brewers focus on the ingredients required to produce a certain style or idea of a beer, the Union concept is based upon first acquiring new ingredients then combining them in creative ways.

Join Summit for events around the Twin Cities to kick off Southern Cape’s release:

Tracy’s Saloon & Eatery (Minneapolis, MN)

June 18, 5-7 pm

Grab a pint of BOTH Union #3: Southern Cape AND Union #2: Rebellion Stout! 

Meet Summit’s new brewer, Christian Dixon. First 24 people get a Summit pint glass. 

Park Tavern (St. Louis Park, MN)

June 19, 6 pm

Beer dinner featuring Southern Cape

Fabulous Fern’s (St. Paul, MN)

June 25, 4 pm

Southern Cape cask

Southern Cape Information:

Malts: Gairdner pale malt from Australia, Sebastian caramel malt from Chile

Hops: Waimea hops from New Zealand, Southern Passion hops from South Africa

ABV: 4.4%

IBUs: 47

Color: Pale Straw

Yeast: Australian ale strain 

Serve in a Pilsener glass at 42-46°F

Summit Brewing Company

Founded in St. Paul, Minn. in 1986, Summit Brewing Company has stayed close to its roots, serving the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. Summit’s beers are currently available in 18 states including Minnesota, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Arkansas and Wisconsin. Summit now produces 14 varieties of premium craft beer, including seven year-round, five seasonal beers, and the limited release Unchained Series and Union Series. Since its inception, the brewery has been a consistent pioneer in the craft beer movement.