I wanted something special to help celebrate the day. So I reached into the beer fridge and pulled out Flying Fish’s next new big bottle beer. Exit 16 W E Wild Rice Double IPA.
Exit 16 East and West is the Meadowlands exit. Although usually identified with landfills and pipelines, the Hackensack Meadowlands is an amazingly diverse ecosystem providing vital animal and plant habitat. In a nod to a once common food plant here, they’ve brewed this beer with wild rice. They also added organic brown and white rice, as well as pils and pale malts.
“Rice helps the beer ferment dry to better showcase the five different hops we added. Lots and lots of them. We then dry-hopped this Double IPA with even more–generous additions of Chinook and Citra hops to create a nose that hints at tangerine, mango, papaya and pine…If you want to learn more about the restoration of the Meadowlands, visit http://www.hackensackriverkeeper.org/ ”