Hoppin' Frog Brewery will release Hop Heathen Imperial Black IPA starting Friday (Sept. 13) at the Akron brewery. The beer won a gold medal at the 2012 U.S. Beer Tasting Championships. It's 8.8 percent alcohol by volume.
"Black IPAs are a new craft beer flavor combination that’s sweeping the nation," owner and brewer Fred Karm said in an email. "Our idea of what this new style should be is a crisp black beer, with a lightly roasty and chocolatey character."
The cost is $8.99 for a 22-ounce bottle. The brewery will be open from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Friday for retail sales. The Orange Truk food truck also will be at the brewery from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hop Heathen will be available on tap at the Tasting Room at 4 p.m.