Original published by the Stevens Point Journal
An American-style pale ale, the beer is available from April through August wherever the Point Brewery’s beers are sold. The beer is packaged in six-packs and 12-packs of Point’s new-style 12-ounce bottles, on draft, and in can packages perfect for the beach, boat or pool: 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and four-packs of 16-ounce cans.
Packing a burst of grapefruit tartness for smooth, tropical refreshment, Siesta Key is brewed with Vic Secret hops, a new variety from Australia, and fresh grapefruit juice from Florida. The beer is the Point Brewery’s first to use Vic Secret hops, which are growing in popularity among craft beers but remain in limited supply in the United States, according to Point Brewmaster Gabe Hopkins.
To optimize Siesta Key’s fresh hoppy aroma, Point’s brewers dry hop the ale twice during the brewing process with generous amounts of Vic Secret hops, once on the fourth day of fermentation and again during cold storage before packaging.
Pale ales continue to be one of the fastest-growing craft-beer segments, according to Julie Birrenkott, marketing manager for the Point Brewery, who noted that Siesta Key’s modest alcohol content of 4.2 percent ABV make it a satisfying session beer for summer socializing.
“Vic Secret hops impart a very perfumy aroma to the ale along with nice fruity citrus flavor components,” Hopkins said. “They are the perfect hops to pair with fresh Florida grapefruit juice to brew our new pale ale.”
For more information about the Stevens Point Brewery, please visitwww.pointbeer.com or call 1-800-369-4911. Tours of the brewery are available; schedules are listed on the website.