Elevator Brewing Co. has released Big Vic Imperial IPA in 12-ounce bottles for the first time. The beer, which has been available on draft before, is a wheat-India pale ale hybrid and clocks in at 8.6 percent alcohol by volume.
It’s named after Elevator brewer Vic Schiltz, and the label and six-pack carrier feature a caricature of Schiltz and his lengthy goatee.
The beer has been rolled out in the Columbus market and should be hitting other areas later this month.
“Big Vic features a rich, subtle hazy amber color, with vibrant hop-driven aromas and flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, peach and pine with a medium-to-full body,” the brewery said in a news release. The beer gets its distinctive flavor from dry-hopping Citra hops, Elevator said.
Big Vic won the Best of Show award at last year’s Art and Ale tasting at the Akron Art Museum.
The brewery will hold a Big Vic Release Party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (March 8) at its 13th Floor Tap Room. The beer will be sold for $4 a pint and the first 50 guests will receive a free gift. There's no word on what the free gift will be.