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Warped Wing goes international with new IPA

Warped Wing Brewing Company has entered into some high-profile local collaborations with other Dayton-based businesses such as Esther Price Candies and Press Coffee Bar, but for the its newest collaboration, the brewery went beyond the city’s – and the nation’s – borders.

Warped Wing brewmaster John Haggerty last month brought in the brewmasters of two craft breweries in Mexico – Rodolfo Andreu, co-founder of Cerveceria Primus, in San Juan del Rio, and Jorge Ringenbach, brewmaster for Cerveceria Escollo in Mexico City – to Dayton to collaborate on a special “pan-American IPA” they’ve named Tres Carnales.

The beer, which celebrates Cinco de Mayo, is scheduled to be tapped at the Warped Wing tasting room at 5 p.m. April 23. Tres Carnales will be available in draft only and will be available for sale to bars, restaurants and retail outlets on April 27, a spokesman for the brewery said.

The Warped Wing Tres Carnales is a dry and hoppy IPA, 7.8 percent alcohol by volume, that contains organic agave nectar and hibiscus, according to Haggerty.

In September, Haggerty will return his Mexican colleagues’ favor by traveling to Mexico to collaborate on the brewing of a similar version of the beer for the two Mexican craft breweries.

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In an interview with the Mexican craft-brewery entrepreneurs after they created the Tres Carnales with Haggerty, Andreu and Ringenbach said the craft-beer scene in Mexico is accelerating rapidly – after being virtually non-existent a decade ago.

“When we started nine years ago, I had to try to convince restaurants to carry our beer,” Andreu said. “I remember when some just kicked us out without meeting with us. Now, restaurants are demanding craft beers, and the revolution has started.”

Ringenbach said Mexican beer drinkers are now interested in more adventurous beer-and-food pairings and in otherwise expanding their culinary horizons. “Craft beer is now about innovation and exploration,” he said.

Haggerty said he met his Mexican counterparts when he attended Mexico’s largest craft-beer trade show and beer competition, where he served as a judge. The three formed a friendship, and the idea of a collaborative brew grew out of that friendship.

“This will help broaden our knowledge, and it gives us an opportunity to learn new things and to share new ingredients,” Andreu said.

In another positive sign for Warped Wing, the downtown Dayton brewery has entered into a season-long commitment with the Cincinnati Reds to sell its Ermal’s Cream Ale in the “Bootleggers Bar” located inside Great American Ball Park, according to Nick Bowman, Warped Wing’s vice president of sales and marketing.

“We’re pretty stoked” about the agreement and the exposure to Warped Wing it will bring, Bowman said.

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