Holiday Beer Releases – 12-16-13

Holiday Beer Releases – 12-16-13

Special Cape Cod Beers for the Holidays:

Mint Chocolate Porter and “NAUGHTY” Black IPA

 As a gift to beer fans across the Cape, Cape Cod Beer will be releasing two special beers on Monday December 16th

“NAUGHTY” Black IPA is part of the new ongoing “Hoppy Holidays” series that throws a nod to our fans who appreciate some of

"NAUGHTY BLACK IPA"  release date 12/16

“NAUGHTY BLACK IPA” release date 12/16

our more hop-centric brands.  The brewery plans to roll out a new edition in the Hoppy Holidays series each holiday season. The recipe was developed by Lead Brewer Jeff Rowe of Osterville, who wanted the beer to have a west-coast-like hop profile without too much roasty character to distract from the healthy amount of Ahtanum and Zythos hops.  To achieve this, he selected a Midnight Wheat Malt known to add smooth flavors, resulting in a hop forward Black IPA with subtle roasted notes.  Label art for this beer was designed by Cape Cod Beer Sales Guy Alan O’Campbell of Wellfleet.  Specifications on the “NAUGHTY” Black IPA include:  ABV : 6.2%  OG: 14.7  IBU’s:  70  Utilizing the following Hops: Chinook, Ahtanum, and Zythos  and Malts: Pale, Caramalt, and Midnight Wheat.

Available starting on 12/16 in growlers at the brewery and selected package stores.  To find selected stores please use our online Beer Finder at  This beer should last several weeks based on the volumes produced.

Mint Chocolate Porter: Once again in 2013 Cape Cod Beer will be doing a specialty bottle release of Mint Chocolate Porter, or MinChoPo as it is called around the brewery. Mint Chocolate Porter came about as a challenge to create a cask ale for the British Beer Co Hyannis for the day of the 2012 holiday stroll. Brewmaster Todd Marcus describes the creative process: “Since Mint Chocolate Porter sounded festive for the holidays we took a stab at it – and people loved it. It’s always tricky when you go outside people’s idea of “normal” but we like to keep things interesting, but not too crazy, so this beer is subtle but very enjoyable. We have connections to

Mint Chocolate Porter - release date 12/16

Mint Chocolate Porter – release date 12/16

folks at Taza Chocolate in Somerville, who as far we see it do basically what we do but in the chocolate world – so using their Organic Roasted Cocoa Nibs was a nice fit, and resulted in a product we were happy to put our name on. There is a nice mint aroma and slight mint flavor, which pairs nicely with the chocolate malt already in our porter and the Taza chocolate. It’s perfect for the holidays!”.  In 2012 the brewery packaged almost 300 bottles of this specialty beer – and sold them all within a day and half.  This year they have brewed up TWICE as many – almost 600 bottles – and hope that the beer will last at least until the weekend.   This beer will be specialty packaged in a 750 ml flip top bottle which will be hand bottled and hand labeled.  Bottles will be sold at the brewery only at $15 per bottle with a two per person limit. This beer will go on sale at 10am on Monday December 16th and sold until it is gone.

About Cape Cod Beer: Cape Cod Beer is Cape Cod’s only microbrewery and has been making fresh local beer since April of 2004. The brewery is located at 1336 Phinney’s Lane, where self-guided tours and beer tastings can be enjoyed during their retail hours: Monday through Friday 10am to 6pm, as well as Saturday 11am to 3pm. Guided Brewery Tours are free of charge, and given once daily at 11am.  Cape Cod Beer is available in over 330 restaurants and 130 package stores from Plymouth to Provincetown. To find Cape Cod Beer, use our Beer Finder found at To learn more about Cape Cod Beer, please contact us at 508-790-4200 or see our website at