Special events in and around the Jersey Shore area around July 4th are not uncommon, and the same holds true for one of the Jersey Shore's preeminent breweries. Lakewood, NJ's Icarus Brewing Company is planning a new can release, and several special tappings to celebrate the holiday.
On Wednesday, Icarus will be releasing We Want The Lotus Gold in their taproom and in locations across the state. We Want The Lotus Gold is an 8.3% ABV Imperial India Pale Ale. Can art for We Want The Lotus Gold reads, "Heavily Oated North East Style Imperial India Pale Ale hopped with El Dorado and Columbus then copiously dry hopped with Lupulin Mosaic, El Dorado, Columbus, and Double Dry Hopped with Lotus Hops."
When we reached out to Jason Goldstein, Owner and Head Brewer for Icarus, he informed us, "We messed around with a new hop 'Lotus' which used to be known as Experimental 06297, which we used in Licking Toads most recently. Lotus brings a ton of Orange, Grape, Vanilla, and a bit of Papaya to the flavor pallet of We Want the Gold which already has a ton of tropical fruit, guava, and mango."
Icarus has previously released We Want The Gold, We Want All The Gold, We Want The Galactic Gold and We Want The Idaho Gold in cans. In addition, We Want The Nordic Gold and We Want The Golden Delish have been taproom releases.
Goldstein also told us to expect some surprises throughout the week to celebrate the holiday. "We'll have a few Yacht Shake variants and a few variants of our Hopped, Fruited & Falling Sour IPA throughout the week as we celebrate the 4th and prep for Canniversary next week," he said.