Boulevard Brewing Company has announced the release of its first new year-round beer in more than a decade â€“ Lunar Ale. An unfiltered brown ale, Lunar is brewed with two-row malted barley and a small amount of dark roasted German malt, giving the beer its characteristic color.
The recipe also includes substantial quantities of Midwestern wheat, producing a distinctive natural haze. Fermentation employs a special strain of Belgian yeast, which imparts subtle aromatic notes.
â€œNever has there been a better time in our history to introduce a new year â€˜round beer, especially one that we believe will have such widespread consumer appeal,â€ said Bob Sullivan, Boulevardâ€™s vice president and chief marketing officer. â€œLunar is truly in a class by itself, stylistically speaking. Itâ€™s as approachable as our popular Unfiltered Wheat Beer, but offers its own unique harmony of flavors, with an alluring cloudy brown color. We think itâ€™s out of this world, and we hope consumers agree.â€
Boulevard recently completed a major expansion and now may use its former brewhouse to produce specialty beers. One reason Boulevard drinkers haven’t seen a new year-round beer in 10 years is the brewery has struggled to keep up with demand. The Kansas City Star (free registration) reports a new Smokestack Series should start shipping in summer.
Boulevard brought test batches of some of these beers to the Great American Beer Festival last October. A beer to be called Saison-Brett, which as the names implies is brewed in the saison style with Brettanomyces (a wild yeast) added during secondary fermentation, was particularly well received.