Steph’s New Brew Review: El Jugo

Steph’s New Brew Review: El Jugo

La Cumbre Brewing Company El Jugo, a 6.5% ABV Post-Modern IPA

Appearance Hazy orange, white head that lingers.
Aroma Guava, peaches, passionfruit and pineapple.
Taste Massive tropical fruit flavors with punches of grapefruit.
Mouthfeel Medium bodied, bright carbonation.
Overall Enjoy in the sun!

La Cumbre Master Brewer Jeff Erway and his wife Laura met over a beer and have traveled the country in search of good beer. They moved to Church Rock, New Mexico in 2002 to pursue teaching, but continued to travel dozens of states searching for great beers. They even traveled to England and Belgium for the beer.

After stopping at a homebrew store in Arizona and picking up a copy of John Palmer’s How To Brew, Jeff brewed feverishly for 3 years before deciding to leave his position as a music teacher. He went on to earn a degree from the American Brewers Guild and got his first brewing job at Chama River Brewing Company. In late 2009, he pursued his and Laura’s dream and opened La Cumbre Brewing Company.

When La Cumbre Brewing Company in 2010, they were the first brewery to open in Albuquerque in nearly 2 ½ years. Elevated IPA became their flagship beer, and put La Cumbre on the beer map. They had three 15 barrel fermenters and two 15 barrel bright tanks.

La Cumbre has grown over the years, allowing them to expand their beer portfolio, as well as distribution. Their facility now holds three 120 barrel fermenters, six 60 barrel fermenters, four 30 barrel fermenters, two 15 barrel fermenters, a 120 barrel bright beer tank, two 60 barrel bright beer tanks, a 30 barrel bright beer tank, and two 15 barrel bright beer tanks. La Cumbre Brewing Co. commissioned New Mexico’s second canning line in 2012.

El Jugo is a 6.5% ABV Post-Modern IPA with aromas of tropical fruits including guava, peaches, passionfruit and pineapple. Utilizing a truly unique yeast strain and some of the most fruit forward hops from around the world, this incredibly hazy IPA is huge on aroma with a big creamy-smooth body, finishing soft and clean with a long juicy finish.

Wanna pick this one up? Click here for La Cumbre’s Beer Finder.
Check out… Steph’s article on Five Can’t Miss Breweries in New Mexico!

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