Little Creatures has restored its Single Batch program with the first in a new series of beers under the Very Hoppy Ale (VHA) banner.
Single Batch has been on hiatus since Creatures introduced seasonal beers, which are produced in multiple batches and therefore much more widely available.
In contrast, scarcity looks to be a hallmark of the reprised single batches, which will only be sold through Creatures’ breweries.
Just 500 bottles were made available of the first VHA, a Double IPA inspired by the popular 2011 Single Batch, The Big Dipper.
“It went on sale October 14 in Geelong and the bottles are already sold out. They still have it on tap until the kegs run out,” Little Creatures told Australian Brews News.
“It will be released on Thursday, October 20 at 5pm in our Freo brewery and we expect them to sell out just as quickly.”
Based on demand for the first release, Creatures said production of the next Single Batch will likely be increased, although it will remain exclusive to the breweries.
VHA – Double IPA is hopped with Columbus, Cascade, Chinook and Ella in the brewhouse, followed by “a copious dry hopping regime of Citra, Centennial and Simcoe”.
“The result is a big, bold Double India Pale Ale that will give any seasoned Hophead the lupulin hit they are looking for,” Creatures said.
Each VHA release will showcase “different hops and beer styles that are truly hop-centric”, Creatures said.
VHA will exist as a subset of beers within the Single Batch program.