Boat Shoes was originally born out of Karl Strauss’ small batch program. Head brewer Sean Albrecht (the talent behind Mosaic Session IPA as well) first tried his hand at this New England-style IPA at Karl’s satellite brewery in 4S Ranch. The initial batch built an immediate cult following and sold out within days.
Since then, it has been released several times with much fanfare – including some of the company’s highest engaged posts on Instagram, and more than 1,500 ratings on Untappd so far. Beyond that, Boat Shoes Hazy IPA nearly won a nationwide blind taste test when it received the Bronze Medal in Brewing News’ National IPA Championship.
As for the name itself:
“I was back east for [Craft Brewers Conference]. Everyone was wearing boat shoes and the name just stuck. Hazy IPAs are refreshing and easy-drinking, so the name fits nicely with the style of beer. You can’t really be stressed out wearing Boat Shoes,” Albrecht said.
Boat Shoes Hazy IPA will be pouring on draft at Karl Strauss’ tasting room in Pacific Beach and brewpubs, as well as select craft beer bars throughout California. Boat Shoes will also be available throughout the year in limited release quantities of 4-pack 16-ounce cans. Check out the company’s beer finder tool at karlstrauss.com to see where you can buy Karl Strauss beers near you.
Boat Shoes Hazy IPA
ABV: 7.2 percent.
Hop Bill: Pacifica, Simcoe, Mosaic, Pekko, and Galaxy.
Boat shoes are much more than footwear – they’re a state of mind. They say to those around you, “Hey. I’m practical, but I’m also stylish. I may or may not actually own a boat. But I definitely care about the finer things in life, like weekend jaunts to the coast, salty ocean breezes, and hazy India Pale Ales.” Boat Shoes Hazy IPA has flavors of citrus and sweet fruit that linger through a juicy finish. This unfiltered brew is intensely hopped and pairs perfectly with your nautical lifestyle, actual boat not required.