Hey all- brewer Steve here... Let’s talk about FOMO.
In general when you look at all of our beers, and to a certain extant if you talk to Kevin or I about it, you would see that we have more than a slight West Coast-bias in our approach to beer. Up until starting to toy around with the idea of making a Northeast style IPA, fully conditioned hoppy beers were how we did things here at DCBC. Local Summer was our first shot at this, but unless you had it the day it came out it was, at it’s haziest, still translucent. We then did a Street Series NEIPA, which while it was a good beer, still wasn’t hitting the mark. So I made some changes to the recipe, and FOMO v2 was what we were set to release November 17th, our riff on what the guys up in the north east are doing so well.
So, anyone that showed up on the 17th and bought some expecting a NEIPA, I’d personally like to say I’m sorry. We had some carbonation issues obviously – it was the first time we tried to can three different beers in a single run. We have that issue resolved now, so that won’t happen in the future. And for missing the mark on the style, I went back and did a ton more research on it, and zeroed in on what went wrong there as well. So, if you’re willing to give us another shot at this, I’d like to invite you to give what we are calling "FOMO 2: A Redemption Story" a shot over our Anniversary Weekend. (Thursday, January 5 - Sunday, January 8) - we will have it available in cans all weekend, it will be on draft at our satellite tap takeovers that weekend at Maloney's in Matawan and Jack's Goal Line Stand in Long Branch. It may also make a special appearance on our official 1 year anniversary party in the tasting room on Sunday 1/8/17.
Test batches of this latest iteration of FOMO are exactly where we want the beer to be, exactly where you as the consumer should expect a NEIPA to be. We are hopping this one with copious amounts of Amarillo, Hallertau Blanc and NZ Motueka and it is ripe with citrus, floral, tropical fruit notes. Heavy on the orange, grapefruit and pineapple but with subtle hints of peach, passion fruit and lime.
On a side note, for those of you that didn’t exchange your cans of the original FOMO in the recall and don’t mind the carbonation problem, I had my last two the other night and it mellowed out to a nice traditional IPA. We appreciate your patience as we sorted out these issues and are excited to share the proper beer with you soon.