CHICAGO, September 15, 2022 – Revolution Brewing and Garrett Popcorn Shops, two mainstays of the Chicago food and beverage scene, have teamed up to brew CaramelCrisp, a limited release Caramel Popcorn Ale using Revolution’s brewing experience and one of Garrett Popcorn’s signature recipes.
“There are some places you look at and the first thought is ‘that’s Chicago.’ Garrett is exactly that, and it’s also how we’ve tried to build Revolution,” Chairman of the Party Josh Deth said, “This is a city known for great food and great beers, and this brew is a pairing we couldn’t wait to create.”
CaramelCrisp is brewed similarly to a Brown Ale before the addition of 450 pounds of the freshly made namesake popcorn. Once fermented, carbonated, and packaged, it ends up as a smooth-drinking 7.0% ABV pour with notes of crème brûlée sweetness and a lightly salted finish.
“The Garrett team has enjoyed a years-long friendship with the Revolution team, and we’re delighted to have this collaboration come to fruition,” said Kris Penn, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. “With a shared reverence for Chicago, we take pride in partnering with another one of Chicago’s best to create a delicious beer that pairs beautifully with Garrett Popcorn. And with the recent launch of our Garrett Mix and CheeseCorn recipes in grocery stores, we’re happy to make it easier for fans to enjoy Revolution and Garrett together!”
The recipe development process, led by Revolution Brewmaster Jim Cibak, went through several rounds of development before landing on a recipe that included Garrett CaramelCrisp popcorn in the mash, brown sugar caramelizing in the boil, rye malt and lactose for mouthfeel, and a finish of kosher salt to complete the flavor profile.
“Our idea was to create a beer that had all those wonderful notes of the caramel corn, while adding complementary notes for additional depth and nuance,” Cibak said. “We worked with the Garrett team to understand how they make their great CaramelCrisp popcorn and then adapted those techniques for brewing to ensure the beer delivers those sweet and rich flavors.”
Boxes of CaramelCrisp, featuring the distinctive blue stripes of Garrett Popcorn Shops, will debut at retailers throughout Chicagoland and select other markets in four-packs of 16-ounce cans beginning October 1st.
About Revolution Brewing
Revolution Brewing is the largest independently owned brewery in Illinois. Revolution proudly brews only in Chicago between the original Brewpub in Logan Square and production brewery in nearby Avondale. Revolution currently distributes in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, New York City, and Wisconsin.
About Garrett Popcorn Shops®
For over seven decades, Garrett Popcorn Shops has served gourmet popcorn using wholesome ingredients in their secret family recipes, passed down for generations.Custom grown, non-GMO butterfly and mushroom kernels are first hot-air popped in their kitchens, then enriched with flavor in seasoned, old-fashioned Copper Kettles. Because good things take time, Garrett® Popcorn is handcrafted in small batchesthroughout the day. Signature recipes include the fan-invented, original Chicago-style popcorn, Garrett Mix®, which blends the sweetness of CaramelCrisp® with the savory goodness of CheeseCorn; plus Buttery (a vegan treat!), Plain, CheeseCorn; and CaramelCrisp. For more information including Shop and grocery locations, or to order online, visit www.GarrettPopcorn.com or call 1-888-4-POPCORN.
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