New brewery Holy Mountain debuted with much fanfare, thanks to its focus not on your typical pales and stouts, but with on limited releases. Their beers are off-beat and fleeting, each one a unique sip you may or may not ever imbibe again.
The brewery has announced their first collaboration beer in conjunction with Shane Johns and Donovan Stewart of E Nine Brewery in Tacoma. Together, the two breweries are releasing Five of Swords IPA, which also marks Holy Mountain's first beer of this style. Atypical, indeed. E Nine has kept a low-profile despite "crank[ing] out some of the best hoppy beers in the state," the folks at Holy Mountain say.
The Five of Swords IPA was brewed at Holy Mountain's Interbay brewery with "copious amounts of Citra, Simcoe, and experimental HBC 342, which lends a melon character that blends with the other hops' tropical fruit and citrus. Dry hopped with Citra and HBC 342, Five of Swords clocks in at a refreshing 6% ABV and 60 IBU."
The Five of Swords will be released at Holy Mountain's taproom at 3 p.m. on Friday and will also be available at E Nine starting on March 17. On Friday, Holy Mountain will also make available one of the last kegs of Rhubarb Sour from E Nine.