To celebrate Independence Day, the Independent has teamed up with Cerberus Brewing Company (702 W. Colorado Ave., cerberusbrewingco.com) to produce a collaborative beer that will be released on Friday, June 30, at 4 p.m. It's called Independent's Day IPA — that's a pun, not a typo. As an homage to U.S. history, this beer uses British Maris Otter and Caramel malts. It's "liberally hopped" with five kinds of American hops and fermented with a yeast typical of New England-style IPAs. There will also be a firkin of the IPA infused with tea available on the 30th.
Cerberus head brewer Josh Adamski approached Indy publisher Carrie Simison earlier this year to propose a collaboration beer. The date was Simison's idea. It's not just a fun beer — it's a fundraising beer. A dollar from every pint goes to Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, a local nonprofit that builds and maintains biking and hiking trails in the region.
"With Cerberus, it's either trails, biking or pets," said Adamski of the decision to support Medicine Wheel in a recent appearance on the Focus on the Beer podcast (disclosure: Focus on the Beer is run by Indy production director Ryan Hannigan).