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B1 BEER: GET TO KNOW Imperial Red Ale, A BEER dry-hopped more than Hopslam

This post is part of an occasional series looking at the beers we develop at our original brewery, or B1.

Tasting notes: Tropical, dank and stone fruit hop aroma, caramel malt

Dry-hopped at a rate that is twice that of Hopslam, Imperial Red is brewed with 11 different types of hops.

Much like a double IPA, it has a higher ABV and higher hop intensity than a red or Amber Ale.

All of this clocks in to a 10.9% ABV.

This beer was first brewed in 2014 and every year since then at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo. It is going to see some limited distribution this year. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar and Beer Finder to see if it's coming to a bar or restaurant near you.


B1 is how we affectionately refer to our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo, located adjacent to our pub, the Eccentric Cafe. This is where we got our start and where we still develop new recipes, experiment with new varieties of hops and brew small batches of specialty beers like The Wild One and our experimental hop series (EXP) today. Most of the beers brewed there are typically only available on draught at the Cafe, but from time to time they do make their way to special events.

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