Saint Benjamin Brewing is halfway through an artsy series of releases that’s not only drinkable, it’s collectible.
It’s the Summer Playlist IPA Limited Edition can series. Each week over the summer, the Kensington brewery releases a new small-batch IPA in 32-ounce cans, with labels designed by local artists.
Above, you’ll see Saint Benjamin’s to-crowler surrounded by (from left)
Palmetto Rose IPA by Clayton Thomas, a wheat-and-oat IPA brewed with Nelson, Citra, Wakatu and Columbus hops. Sticky, dank, resinous lemon-lime.
I Against I IPA by Tessa Shackelford, a chit wheat IPA, brewed with local wheat from Double Eagle Malt. Citrus and melon aroma, with just enough bitterness to remind you that you are drinking beer.
Blood Moon IPA by Kathryn Moran, made with oats and local honey, and malt from Double Eagle. Hops: Centennial, Columbus and Wakatu.
Little White Lies IPA also by Moran, with wheat from Double Eagle and El Dorado and Mandarina Bavaria hops. Says the brewer: “Think watermelon Jolly Ranchers and Mango Jumex from the corner store.”
Only 150 are canned each week, and they’re sold at area farmers’ markets. The weekly location is announced on Saint Benjamin’s social media the day before, though you can get an early heads up by visiting the brewery’s online calendar. (OK, I’ll spill the beans now: The next location is Rittenhouse Square on Saturday, July 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
By brewing a small batch each week,” brewmaster Tim Patton said, “we have the opportunity to really hone our IPA game, and our fans have a chance to sample a wide variety of variant brews.”
Not to mention collect some pretty cool cans… as long as you can get your hands on them. They sell out every week.