Behind The Bricks


May 6th, Flat12 Bierwerks will release their second collaboration with Verizon IndyCar James Hinchcliffe. The Bricks was brewed to honor 100 years of racing in Indianapolis. The idea for the beer was brought about during a Twitter conversation between Brewmaster Sean Manahan and James Hinchcliffe. Not only does this brick red IPA have 100 IBUs and a full tank of Centennial hops, Manahan meticulously crafted a commemorative beer that celebrates the 100th running down to every last detail.

Check out 12 awesome facts about The Bricks Red IPA:

1. The Bricks, was brewed to commemorate the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

2. Centennial hops were used and the brew is 100 IBUs to mark a century of racing. 

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3. The ABV on the beer is 6.4%, because the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is 6.4 miles from Flat12 Bierwerks.

Photo Courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Photo Courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

4. In addition to Centennial, New Zealand hops were used as well because Kiwi Scott Dixon was here for the brewing of the red IPA.

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

5. Brick Red color represents the most famous yard in racing.

Photo Credit: (WISH-TV Photo / Brett Bensley)

Photo Credit: (WISH-TV Photo / Brett Bensley)

6. The grist of the brew weighed the same as Hinch's car.

7. Milk sugar was also added to the brew to commemorate the tradition of the 500 winner drinking a bottle of milk on Victory Lane and kissing the bricks. 

Photo credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

8. Canadian made Gambrinus malt was thrown into the mix because James is a Canuck.

Photo Credit: @Hinchtown Instagram

Photo Credit: @Hinchtown Instagram

9. The brew will be dry-hopped for 5 days to honor Hinch’s IndyCar number, #5.

Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

10. We used 33lbs of hops total, one pound for every driver in the field.

Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports

11. The carbonation level is 2.5 volumes of CO2 to represent 2.5 mile track.

Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

12. At the May 6th tapping, attendees can also drink a yard of The Bricks by purchasing a commemorative, limited-edition yard glass.

More info on The Bricks HERE!

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