Brewing Greatness: Bootlegger's Brewery

Experience one of craft brewing's most sought-after drinks, Knuckle Sandwich Double IPA, from the source. Bootlegger's Brewery, the brainchild of Aaron Barkenhagen and his father, put out its first keg in April 2008 after months of hard work constructing the brewery and assembling used equipment. Let the innovative taste and masterful brewing of Bootlegger's captivate your senses and tantalize your taste buds.

Introducing Bootlegger’s Brewery

If you are a fan of beer, you've likely heard of Bootlegger’s Brewery, the groundbreaking craft brewery responsible for creating the much-hyped Knuckle Sandwich Double IPA. Founded in April 2008, the brewery is the brainchild of Aaron Barkenhagen and his father, who worked tirelessly to assemble the brewery's equipment and build the brewery itself in order to save money.

Today, Bootlegger’s Brewery is a force to be reckoned with in the craft beer industry and counts itself among the most popular craft brewers out there. Here's everything you need to know about Bootlegger’s Brewery and the famous Knuckle Sandwich Double IPA.

The Story of Bootlegger’s Brewery

When Aaron Barkenhagen decided to launch Bootlegger’s Brewery, he and his father knew they needed to make some smart choices to keep costs down. That's why they set about hand-assembling previously owned brewhouse equipment, constructing the brewery building, and providing their own infrastructure onsite.

Having had some experience with home brewing in the past, Aaron decided to focus on bringing innovative new flavors to craft beer fans while also keeping production costs low. His parents initially thought his unconventional approach was too dangerous, but of course, they eventually came around to the idea.

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Once Bootlegger’s Brewery was up and running, Aaron and his team started building a reputation for unique and flavorful beer. Over the years, the brewery has attracted attention from the craft beer industry, which eager to try the next big thing.

Creating the Knuckle Sandwich Double IPA

It wasn't long before the brewery released its first big hit, the Knuckle Sandwich Double IPA. This beer is a double-hopped IPA made with Ekuanot, Simcoe, and Rakau hops. It has a fruity flavor that many beer connoisseurs have praised for its balance and complexity.

Knuckle Sandwich is bursting with flavor and has quickly become one of the most sought after IPAs on the craft beer market. It has a strong percentage of alcohol by volume, which is one of the reasons it has become so well-known and popular.

Year-Round Offerings from Bootlegger’s Brewery

Bootlegger’s Brewery produces more than just the Knuckle Sandwich Double IPA. In fact, the brewery has an impressive selection of year-round offerings, as well as numerous seasonal beers that have become seasonal favorites for many craft beer enthusiasts.

Here's a look at some of the core beers offered by Bootlegger’s Brewery:

  • Lila: Lila is a Pilsner-style beer made with Perle and Saaz hops.
  • Hazelnut Brown: This classic English Brown Ale is made with Maris Otter malt and a hint of hazelnut flavor.
  • Nose Dive: Nose Dive is an American-style Double IPA made with Summit, Chinook, and Simcoe hops.

Seasonal Offerings from Bootlegger’s Brewery

In addition to its core beers, Bootlegger’s Brewery also offers a wide range of seasonal offerings, which rotate on a regular basis. Here are some of the seasonal beers the brewery offers:

  • Starkweather ESB: This English-style pale ale is brewed with Maris Otter malt and Goldings hops.
  • Double Chocolate Porter: This robust porter is made with bitter chocolate and a hint of sweetness from CoCo powder and lactose.
  • Pineapple Spot IPA: An American style IPA brewed with pineapple flavor and a blend of Simcoe and Amarillo hops.
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Where to Find Bootlegger’s Brewery Beers

Bootlegger’s Brewery beers are widely available in retail outlets, bars, and restaurants throughout the United States. A full list of retailers, bars, and restaurants that carry these beers can be found on the brewery's website.

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