Union Jack rings all of the bells of an aggressively hopped West Coast IPA, but with an astonishing balance that stands out from the crowd. This originator of our “Jack” IPA family is double dry‐hopped to create bold grapefruit, tangerine and citrus ﬂavors, all contrasted by pale malt sweetness to rein in the intensity. The result is a tribute to—and a twist on—the IPA style that put the West Coast on the craft beer map.
It began innocently enough: two brothers-in-law debating the subject of good and bad beer. Their search for a decent ale led them to brew their own. Given Mr. Firestone’s winemaking bias and Mr. Walker’s complete lack of fermentation experience, they believed 60-gallon oak barrels were the appropriate vehicle in which to create their perfect elixir. OK, so initial attempts were forgettable. But like so many great ideas, out of that disaster was born a handy invention – the Firestone Union.