FLASHING LIGHTS IPA closes the first of many circles for Cloudburst Brewing
In late 2015 as Cloudburst Brewing neared its much-anticipated grand opening, I interviewed Steve Luke about his new brewery. When Steve said that his intention was to never brew the same beer twice, ever, I thought he was a bit nutso. Back in those days, conventional wisdom suggested that a brewery must have flagship beers. (I was interviewing him for an article that appeared in Seattle magazine in March 2016, which you can read here.)
Convention? Wisdom? Screw that! Since opening on January 7, 2016, 2331 days have passed. In that time, Cloudburst Brewing created 1,000 batches of beer. The majority of those beers were unique and fleeting fits of whimsy. One-offs, limited-release, one and done, nevermore to grace the lips of beer drinkers anywhere.
That creative stream of consciousness has earned the brewery a loyal and expanding fanbase over its six-plus years of existence. People trust that the beer will be good, even though they’ve never had it before and will never have it again. So it seems only fitting that with batch 1,000 Cloudburst Brewing comes full circle and recreates one of its original beers. For a brewery that typically does not recreate anything, it is ironic in all the right ways.
For the 1,000th batch, Cloudburst Brewing decided to pull one out of the archives, FLASHING LIGTHTS IPA. On Instagram, Cloudburst said, “While IPAs have evolved quite a bit over the last 6+ years, this beer still holds its own–a juicy, tropical and bright West Coast Hazy rendition that’s bittered with Chinook, and finished with copious amounts of Citra, Mosaic, & Cascade. After hundreds of IPA recipes we’ve made since then, it feels pretty special to look back and re-brew the one that opened us up and introduced you all to our little brewery that could.”
“One thousand turns on the deck is a pretty big deal! And instead of brewing something new and/or big and/or CrAZY, we chose to look back with a sentimental tear in our eye at the first IPA we ever made, in November of 2015.”
“And A big THANK YOU to everybody who made this many turns possible – if nobody drank our beer, we wouldn’t be writing this kinda endearing/kinda boring post, so cheers to YOU! And another 1,000 more!”
Congratulations to Cloudburst Brewing on its 1,000th brew. FLASHING LIGHTS is where it all began. Recreating it closes the first in what will hopefully be many circles. If you want to drink some of it, your best bet is to hit one of Cloudburst Brewing’s two taprooms.
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