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Indiana Brewery Releases Special Solar Eclipse Beer


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People are gearing up for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Hoosiers can attend several events and watch parties throughout the state.

One Columbus, Indiana Brewery is revealing a special beer in honor of the rare event.

“It’s a once in a lifetime beer, so we have to make sure the quality is perfect.”

450 North’s The Great Eclipse is a New England style IPA and it’s a celebration of the upcoming solar event.

“No one else in Indiana is actually doing something like this,” says Brad Brookbank, a sales representative for 450 North. “It’s a once in a lifetime beer, so we have to make sure the quality is perfect.”

The beer is in limited supply. The brewery is producing about 200 cases and 10 kegs of the beer, that will be distributed throughout central Indiana.

Brookbank says the style of the brew characterizes the eclipse well.

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“Because you take your standard IPA, which could be the sun, and the New England style, which could be the moon, and it crosses paths,” he says. “You’re expecting that big bitterness out of an IPA, but with the New England style, it’s masked because of the brewing process.”

Co-owner David Simmons says that’s not the only thing the brewery captured from August’s upcoming solar event.

“The alcohol percent for this particular beer is 8.21 percent to coincide the date 8-21 of the great eclipse,” Simmons says.

450 North released the beer Friday at 11 a.m.

Brewers plan to have the beer on tap during the eclipse. Simmons says he plans to watch the eclipse while eating lunch outside with a beer.

Steve Burns contributed to this story.

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