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DC Brau Shakes Up Flagships, Benches Citizen, Adds Hazy IPA

DC Brau's gold-canned Citizen Belgian-style ale has been a mainstay of its rotation since the brewery launched in 2011, but it will take a backseat next month to make room for Joint Resolution, a new hazy IPA.

Citizen will convert to a seasonal offering but won't be back until early fall 2020.

“We’ve seen a significant shift in the palates of our consumer over the past eight years, and feel like it’s a good time to freshen up our core, year-round offerings with a Hazy IPA,” says CEO & co-founder of DC Brau Brandon Skall via a press release. “The Citizen remains a favorite style of ours, and we look forward to bringing it back as a seasonal just in time for what will surely be an interesting election season.”

The newcomer, Joint Resolution, is a hazy IPA coming in at 5.5% ABV. It will include Michigan Copper and Chinook hops for "an approachable level of bitterness." The malt bill includes Canadian Pale 2-row, White Wheat, Flaked Oats, Carafoam and Acidulated malts.

According to DC Brau’s co-founder and Brewmaster Jeff Hancock, “We’ve formulated a very quaffable hazy offering that will hit on all the notes hopheads are looking for. We've kept the ABV on the lower side so the hops can play more of a starring role in this aroma-forward IPA.”

The unfiltered beer will feature flavors "akin to Hawaiian fruit punch with mango, orange, tangerine and cannabis flower with overtones of citrus and resin permeating throughout" according to Hancock.

This isn't the only change DC Brau is announcing for their flagships. Their other offerings: The Public, The Corruption, and Brau Pils, along with the newcomer, will appear in a new 12-pack variety box.

For fans wishing to get their last taste of The Citizen for a while, the brewery recently canned a batch. Stock up now. 

The brewery's change comes during #FlagshipFebruary, which celebrates the workhorse beers that keep the lights on that appear in nearly every brewery's portfolio nationwide.

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