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How is Summit celebrating its 30th birthday? With beer, of course

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Summit Brewing is celebrating 30 years in business by releasing four special edition beers this year – the first of which is out now.

The St. Paul brewery said it will mark its 30th birthday by releasing limited-run brews that "exemplify the spirit of Summit."

The first to be released – and which is now available on draught and in 16-ounce cans – is a Double IPA, which comes in at a hefty 8.5 percent alcohol volume.

The company posted a video on its Facebook page this week, revealing how founder Mark Stutrud was originally discouraged from opening by the American Brewers' Association, because it was a "long and arduous road to go down."

https://www.facebook.com/summitbrewingcompany/videos/vb.29712814789/10153594437999790/?type=2&theater

The Double IPA is described as using "a highly aromatic experimental Orbit hop blend from New Zealand and the new U.S. variety Equinox."

"For a bold citrus and tropical fruit hop character worth toasting," the description says, adding it pairs well with barbecue, baked ham, sausages, Stilton cheese, aged Cheddar and cheesecake.

The brewery will release three more special edition beers later this year. Summit has seven year-round brews – including the popular Summit EPA – and four seasonal beers that includes the Maibock and Oktoberfest.

The other 30th Anniversary Series beers will be called Keller Pils, West London-Style Ale, and Barleywine, according to Brewbound.

The brewery's Backyard Bash in September meanwhile will serve as an official 30th birthday party.

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