Aslan Brewing and Bitburger – collaboration blends the old and the new

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Aslan Brewing of Bellingham, Washington introduces a beer it brewed in collaboration with Bitburger, the esteemed German brewery.

Aslan Brewing is very much a new-world kind of brewery that opened about 10 years ago. It lends a lot of focus to IPAs and other hop-forward ales. It produces USDA Certified Organic beers. Germany’s Bitburger Brewery is very much an old-world brewery that has been brewing for more than 200 years. It is best recognized for an old-world style of beer: Bitburger Premium Pils is one of the best-known beers in the world. (All photos courtesy of Aslan Brewing Co. Photo Credit: Georgi Shillington.)

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The fates aligned and the folks at Aslan Brewing became friends with the folks at Bitburger Brewery. In early August of this year, Aslan and Bitburger collaborated on a new beer, a dry-hopped pilsner that makes use of both new-world and old-world hops.

The beer was brewed at Aslan’s brewery in Bellingham. It is simply named Bitburger and Aslan Organic Dry-Hopped Pils. Look for it in a bright blue can at better beer retailers, or get some at the brewery in Bellingham. Below, I share the press release from Aslan Brewing.


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Aslan Brewing Co | Bellingham, WA | Get ready for the best organic lagerbier we’ve brewed yet! Why is it the best, you ask? It’s the best because it was brewed with lagerbier experts all the way from Germany: Bitburger Brewery!


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Turning 40 is no small occasion. When Sebastian Ellies, Executive VP of Bitburger’s International Division, realized his 40th birthday celebration trip aligned with a stop in Seattle, he wasted no time in reaching out to his favorite brewery in the PNW about making a beer together.

The team at Aslan first met the Bitburger folks in Portland, OR, on a night that involved many lagers and lots of laughter. We knew we made new friends, but didn’t know we’d be lucky enough to brew a beer together in Bellingham with one of the best breweries in the world. One Zoom call between Germany and Washington and the date was set! Aslan was honored to host the Bitburger crew for a brew day in early August.

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Aslan’s head brewer, Austin Umbinetti-Hutton, and Bitburger’s Creative Brew Head, Stefan Meyna, worked together to create a recipe that reflects a fresh take on pilsner. As you can imagine, Austin was very excited to collaborate with such a highly respected lager brewer–the man has a PhD in brewing science!

They agreed on an organic Dry-Hopped Pils, choosing a blend of classic and modern hops to accentuate the flavors they wanted. The result? Aslan x Bitburger’s Organic Dry-Hopped Pils is an incredibly well-balanced beer. Notes of orange marmalade, bread crust, and sweet pine blend with a mild bitterness. It’s truly a delight to drink.

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Bitburger Brewery was founded in 1817 and is headquartered in Bitburg, Germany. Bitburger is most known for its Premium Pils–which is the third-best-selling beer in Germany and the number-one draft beer in the nation.

This pils is available in bright, blue, 16 oz cans in Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho.

For more news about recent beer releases, visit the Washington Beer Blog’s New Beer Releases page.



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