Nashville brewery produces what may be first-ever rock-climbing-gym-commissioned beer for Climb Nashville's 10th anniversary
Not that he has done a lot of research, but Drew Sloss believes he may have been the catalyst in creating the first-ever beer commissioned by a rock climbing gym.
As co-owner of Climb Nashville, Sloss wanted to find a unique way to celebrate the gym's 10th anniversary. A party was good, but not good enough.
"It didn't seem that extraordinary," Sloss said. "Then I started thinking about what would it be like to work with another local business on creating something pretty unique and creating something in limited fashion."
To Sloss, a home-brew veteran, beer seemed like a good idea.
Turns out that Bailey Spaulding, CEO and brew master at Nashville's Jackalope Brewing Company, also is a rock climber.
Sloss snagged her on the way out of the gym one day and threw out his thought — a 10th anniversary beer with 10 hops that could become viral marketing for two local business "conspiring to do something pretty unique."
The result is Hoppy Anniversary IPA, a limited-edition beer that will debut at the release party at Jackalope 6-10 p.m. on June 27. The small-batch includes one hop for each Climb Nashville year: English Kent Goldings, Amarillo, Citra, Cascade, Fuggle, Perle, Liberty, Chinook, Warrior and Simcoe.
Eighty cases of cans are being produced, Sloss said, in addition to kegs that will be split between Jackalope and Climb Nashville.
The release party for Hoppy Anniversary is set for Friday, June 27th from 6-10pm at Jackalope Brewing Co. (708 8th Ave. S)
Also, check out this article in the Tennessean.