Ellensburg WineWorks will host a release party in honor of Hops in the Wind on Wednesday, October 23, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Beer aficionados across Washington are now getting their first sips of Hops in the Wind, a brew developed by Central Washington University students Cameron Frigon, Noah Palmer, and Ronald Kauffman.
The three, who were participating in the university's Craft Beer Trade Certificate program, were among the CWU craft-brewing students who, last spring, competed to see who could make the best craft beer, with an accompanying marketing plan. As the victor, the Hops in the Wind recipe was commercially produced and sold by the competition's sponsor, Odin Brewing Company of Seattle.
The Northwest Imperial Pale Ale features two-row barley and hop varieties grown in Washington State.
"This beer was brewed with a local focus," said Kauffman. "It was made with CWU students, alumni, and residents in mind-those who share a connection with the heart of Washington and enjoy good craft beer."
Hops in the Wind debuted earlier this month at Yakima's 2013 Fresh Hop Ale Festival. Odin Brewing is now distributing it statewide, with a limited supply to be made available in Ellensburg, Yakima, and select Seattle locations.
CWU's Craft Beer Trade Certificate program provides students with an overview of the art, science, technology, and business aspects of the craft beer industry. The four, 10-week courses involve laboratory work, hands-on experience, lectures, field trips, and industry speakers.