21st Amendment Brewery recently announced the release of “Back in Black”, the first black IPA to be available in a can. The beer weighs in at 6.8% ABV (Alcohol Per Volume) with 65 IBUs (International Bittering Units).
“We were certainly among the first several years ago to regularly brew this beer, as breweries around the country began to experiment with black versions of traditional styles-from black IPAs to black Saisons.” — Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-founder and Brewmaster at 21st Amendment. “Brewing this style and being a leader in this category supports our mission to be original, push boundaries and get people to be less ‘traditional’ in the way they think about and drink beer.”
The Brewer Association has recognized the Black IPA (also called the India Black Ale) as the newest official style in American craft beer. Starting with the upcoming 2010 Great American Beer Festival, the Black IPA will be judged in its own category. 21st Amendment is among one of the first breweries in America to package a black IPA as a year-round offering. Other breweries producing notable versions of the style include Stone Brewing Company, Southern Tier Brewery, Port Brewing Company, Terrapin Beer Company, etc…
The beer is now available in cans and on draft in select markets, which include CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, NJ, DC, MD, PA, VA, and GA.