Two years after its initial release, RyePA is coming back with a malty nod to our hometowns in Colorado and North Carolina. Originally brewed with Carolina Rye™, heirloom rye grown in North Carolina and floor malted by Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, RyePA revival also incorporates rye from Colorado Malting Company, a fourth-generation family farm in Alamosa, CO.
“As we open our east coast home in Asheville this spring, making a beer with roots in both homes led us right back to RyePA,” said New Belgium Brewer, Matty Gilliland. “Using malt from Riverbend and Colorado Malting allowed us to source hyper locally, brewing some essence of both places into the beer and growing our existing relationships with awesome craft partners.”
The craft malters have admired each other’s work over the years and this is the first time they know of that their grain has been brewed into the same beer.
“Having been grown by farmers in North Carolina for more than 200 years and hand-crafted utilizing traditional floor malting techniques, the Carolina Rye™ malt embodies the terroir of the southeast,” said Riverbend co-founder Brian Simpson. “Riverbend Malt House is excited that New Belgium will bring this taste of the South to so many new palates.”
Riverbend Malt and New Belgium release RyePA in 2014 in Asheville, NC
As pioneers in the malting industry, both Riverbend and Colorado Malting have unique processes and regionally specific grain varietals. Serving as the missing link between farmers and the brewing industry, Riverbend uses a traditional artisan floor malting technique dating back to the 1700s. Each batch of their heirloom rye is raked by hand to release heat and incorporate fresh air into the grain bed.
Cody brothers harvest and malt grains on their 4th generation farm in Alamosa, CO
Operating from their fourth-generation family farm in Alamosa, CO, the Cody brothers designed and built their malting equipment and run their operation from what used to be their grandparent’s home. From the field to the glass, Colorado Malting is taking beer back to its roots so brewers can make the best beer in the world.
"We grow it and malt it, so we see it from the time it sprouts to the malt bed,” said Jason Cody, Colorado Malting Company. “The grains are like children to us,” said Joshua Cody.
This beer is brimming with big hop flavors. Galaxy, Cascade, Simcoe and Mosaic hops round out the hop profile. Blackcurrant and tropical fruits compliment grassy herbs in the nose, while a sweet-bitter-sweet taste voyage and 6.6% ABV make this a very drinkable beer. Big, juicy, fruity hop flavors are complemented by a spicy rye finish.
The hoppy Rye IPA is available in Folly Packs nationwide through May.