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New Oberpfalz Brewing | Feurgeist India Pale Ale

New Oberpfalz Brewing | Feurgeist India Pale Ale
Paul Lewis

My hometown of Griffith, Indiana is lucky enough to have two breweries that have seen strong support from the locals during the quarantine period. While other states have seen a spike in reported cases, the Chicagoland area and northwest Indiana have seen a much needed, steady decline in recent weeks. Many of the area’s smaller towns are starting to bustle with an activity that feels reminiscent of the days before a pandemic disrupted our lives. New Oberpfalz is a quintessential small-town brewery with a twist. Located in an old 1930s Main Street storefront building that has been renovated, the small taproom and patio is a cozy and comfortable place to spend an afternoon. While the main focus continues to be old-world German-Style Ales and Lagers, they do offer a variety of American style varieties as well.

A favorite among the regulars and new customers alike, Feurgeist India Pale Ale, can be found on draft and in six-packs throughout northwest Indiana. Described as “a double IPA’s worth of hops in a brilliant, pale, bitter American IPA. Brewed in the classic West Coast IPA tradition with new-age aroma hops and malt from the United Kingdom.” The aroma is that of dried fruit and baked bread, followed by a touch of bitterness and tropical fruit from the Citra hops on the finish. In the age of Milkshake and Hazy IPAs, this is a solid throwback to a time when the style was simple and could be enjoyed without all the adjuncts.

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