What’s with the Name “Life Sentence IIIPA” by Great Lakes & Amsterdam

Toronto, Ontario – On Friday two of Toronto’s oldest independently owned and operated craft breweries, Great Lakes Brewery and Amsterdam Brewery, are set to release the third beer in their ongoing collaboration series – Life Sentence IIIPA.

This beer was brewed in collaboration with Amsterdam at Great Lakes on October 30th and features 100kg of late harvest Chinook hops, which was added in its entirety to the whirlpool of this 3000 litre batch. The Chinook hops come from Yakima, Washington, an area known for their world class hops.

During the trip to Yakima, Amsterdam Brewery was fortunate enough to be offered hop selection and got to experience all different varieties found in different lots across the Yakima Valley.  “I was blown away by the late harvest Chinook hops than any other hops on the trip. The dense, dank and almost Mosaic aroma had a piney backdrop that I’ve never seen in Chinook before,” noted Iain McOustra, Brewmaster at Amsterdam Brewery.

Image Courtesy of Heather @ Amsterdam

Image Courtesy of Heather @ Amsterdam

Iain also points out that the aromatics that can sometimes be lost with processing are still very prevalent with a bail this fresh. The fresh natural flavour of the late harvest Chinook hops really stand out.

“Iain is normally such a calm, cool, collected and impressive brewmaster (and man) – so when he called from Yakima Valley with an tinge of excitement in his voice saying he had dibs on a bail of late harvest Chinook for this year’s Life Sentence, it piqued my interest to say the least,” said Mike Lackey, Head Brewer at Great Lakes Brewery.

Learn more about how the name of this new beer came to be from Peter Bulut, President and CBO at Great Lakes Brewery.

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