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Update May 13: Check out the City Paper's coverage here, complete with video of Chris Winn. In case you needed more reasons to feel good about getting into this beer, they astutely point out that a piece of sales from each six-pack goes to benefit the Charleston Animal Society.
First reporting:This week's 5 p.m. edition of Rare Beer Tuesday at the Charleston Beer Exchange is playing double duty as the official launch of Extra IPA, the newest seasonal from the grandpappy of Lowcountry breweries, Palmetto Brewing Company.
Palmetto has recently jumped into the seasonal game with their Bocat line. Previous entrants have included Watermelon Wheat, Chocolate Bock, and Hop Harvest IPA. The Hop Harvest recipe was tweaked a bit to create Extra IPA, which is essentially the non-wet-hop version of that brew. While the hops aren't wet, they are still pretty dern special.
Extra IPA is brewed with Falconer's Flight, a new hop blend in pellet form. There is a dizzying array of hops available to brewers these days. They are delicious in their own right, but Falconer's Flight also represents a great cause. The blend was created by Hopunion to honor longtime brewer Glen Hay Falconer (Steelhead, Rogue, etc.) who passed away in an unfortunate accident in 2002. Proceeds from the blend will go to Glen's posthumous charity, working to further craft brewing education.
Let's recap. This beer is locally brewed, supports a craft-beer non-profit, and is "delicious" per the CBX-perts. Palmetto's Chris Winn will be in attendance, growlers will be available on the cheap along with bottles, and there will be free samples. Translation: you should probably already be there.