Liberate your taste buds with The Liberator

December brings a few of our favorite things each year. Holiday gatherings with friends, Joe’s annual birthday party at HopCat Grand Rapids, and a favorite double IPA known fondly as The Liberator.

The Liberator (8.2% ABV – 116 IBU) is a Double IPA brewed with lemon and orange zest. This beast employs a sizable malt bill, but it is the crazy amount of hops added to the boil every 4 minutes, for 120 minutes, that really make this beer special. Fruity, floral, and piney hop flavors penetrate throughout the caramelized malt profile. The Liberator is a well-balanced, full bodied brew that has a bitter finish due to the post fermentation addition of lemon and orange zest.

Originally brewed in secret to celebrate Joe’s 30th birthday, we’re glad that this beer is a secret no more, rather an annual tradition we look forward to! Like most traditions though, it’s only here for a short time before disappearing until next year. Look for this specialty brew this week on Michigan store shelves and pick up a six pack before it’s gone! 

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2 thoughts on “Liberate your taste buds with The Liberator”

  1. Andy Higgins says:

    Hi looking for liberator in TC. who is selling it??

    Thank You

    1. Short's Brewing Company says:

      Hi Andy- Our Northern Michigan Liberator recommends checking The Beverage Company, Geyer’s, Oleson’s, Holiday Market, or Kap n Keg. Deliveries are happening all week, so check with your local store to see when they receive their shipment. Cheers!

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