It’s only taken Lompoc Brewing 20 years to release its beers in 6-packs. The brewery has just introduced 12 oz. longneck bottles of Pamplemousse Citrus IPA and C-Note IPA. Mobile Bottling Source did a first run of 17,000 bottles at Lompoc’s Fifth Quadrant Brewery on March 24, and the six-packs have recently begun appearing on store shelves throughout Oregon and Washington. The six-packs will complement, not replace, Lompoc’s current lineup of 22-oz bottles.
“The craft brewing market in retail stores has become flooded with 22-oz bottles,” explained Lompoc owner Jerry Fechter. “We wanted to stand out, and provide our fans with greater options. Adding six-packs achieved both of these goals.”
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C-Note, Lompoc’s flagship IPA, has been around nearly as long as the brewery; it was first brewed for the Horse Brass Pub’s 25th anniversary party in 2001. The beer was called C-Note because of its 100 IBUs. This highly hopped ale has a deep copper to orange hue with a bold aroma of pine and herbal spice. Hints of toffee and caramel are followed by a citrus finish that is dry and refreshingly bitter (6.9% ABV).
Pamplemousse is a deep golden hued, medium-bodied citrus IPA. Four hop varieties, along with real grapefruit juice, build a solid hop bitterness highlighted by citrus notes, both on the tongue and in the nose (5.8% ABV).
The six-packs are currently available at Lompoc’s Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar locations, retailing for $11 in-house; they will be available at all five pubs in a few weeks. Retail pricing varies at grocery stores and bottle shops.