Coronado Brewing Company is proud to bring back its Art Series for 2020. The company first debuted its Art Series in 2018, and the series has since evolved to now feature fan-submitted art on each of its cans. Coronado will release three Art Series beers in 2020, kicking off the series with Tropical Darkroom IPA. The winning photo was submitted by San Diego-based photographer Derek Delacroix; Derek exclusively shoots palm trees in black and white, and for each print he sells, he donates 50% of proceeds to the Surfrider Foundation. His Instagram handle is @tropicaldarkroom, and that was the inspiration behind the beer’s name—Tropical Darkroom Sour IPA.
Tropical Darkroom is a kettle sour IPA brewed and dry-hopped with fruit-forward Sabro and Mosaic hops, for a bright, tropical hop profile. The brewers then added fresh kiwi puree to counterbalance the clean sour notes of the beer, for a refreshingly tart and bitter brew, with lingering kiwi sweetness.
“We used a boatload of kiwi in the beer—almost 13 pounds per barrel,” says Mark Theisen, Head Brewer, Coronado Brewing Company. “The Mosaic and Sabro dry-hop combo gives the beer a really nice tropical, piña colada-like quality that goes really well with the kiwi. The beer finishes tart, but not super sour. We really wanted to find the perfect balance between a kettle sour and an IPA, and I think we achieved that with this beer.”
Tropical Darkroom IPA will debut at the company’s three locations on Friday, February 21, before being available for broader retail in March. Tropical Darkroom Sour IPA will be available on draft and in 16oz can 4-packs, while supplies last. Fans are encouraged to submit photos for future Art Series beers by following Coronado Brewing on Instagram and submitting photos using the hashtags #coronadoentry and #staycoastal. The company is currently searching for submissions for its second Art Series release, planned for June 2020. For more information about Tropical Darkroom Sour IPA, visit www.coronadobrewing.com. Stay Coastal. Cheers.
Tropical Darkroom Sour IPA:
- 6.5% ABV
- 40 IBU
Available throughout Coronado’s distribution network on draft and in 16oz can 4-packs