A beer named after founding father Ben Franklin’s penchant for nudity — he took daily “air baths” for his health — is the latest year-round offering from Wiseacre Brewing Co.
The Air Bath Session IPA is high on taste and aromas, but lower on calories and alcohol, according to one of the brothers behind Memphis’s Wiseacre Brewing.
“It’s a super tasty and aromatic session IPA using a new yeast strain that unlocks some additional hop character, and you can really tell,” said Kellan Bartosch, Wiseacre’s co-founder.
“It’s 5% (ABV), and will be somewhere below 140 calories once we get lab results back – we are very excited about this beer!”
The new yeast strain is the Star Party Ale Yeast from Omega Yeast Labs, described as “a thiol burst with aromas of passion fruit, dank pink guava, and citrus zest.”
The beer was brewed with two-row malted barley and Vienna malt. For hops, Cascades were used during the mash, and the beer was dry hopped with Huell Melon, Citra, and Mosaic.
The beer’s name comes from a story overheard on a walking tour of Philadelphia. On the tour, the Bartosch brothers learned about Franklin’s habit of undressing after a long day and taking an air bath “to let the natural elements breeze away the undesirable elements of the day.”
Air Bath is a former seasonal offering that now joins the brewery’s year-round lineup. It’s available on draft and in 6-packs of cans.
As always, the label art was created by the talented Rachel Briggs.