PRESS RELEASE December 19, 2019 (Ipswich, MA) – For the second winter in a row Ipswich Ale Brewery will release Defrost, a German-style Weizenbock, brewed to commemorate the town of Newbury’s tradition of burning discarded Christmas trees.

Defrost Weizenbock is a warming ~8.0% ABV ale presenting iconic German yeast flavors of banana and clove against a rich, complex malt base with notes of chocolate and dark fruit. 2020’s release will be available as draft only, and ready by the second week of January.

The eighth annual Old Newbury Bonfire will take place in the fields adjacent to historic Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, from 3 to 9pm on Saturday, January 18th, 2020. Defrost and other Ipswich Ale Brewery beers will be available for purchase from one of the brewery’s vintage tapmobiles throughout the event. A portion of the beer sales proceeds will benefit local volunteer firefighters and other non-profits. This event is family-friendly and free to attend; $10 per parked car.

For more information about the Old Newbury Bonfire, visit the event’s Facebook page:


About Ipswich Ale Brewery

Residents of Boston’s North Shore were first introduced to Ipswich Ale during the spring of 1991. With more than 25 years of history behind it, Ipswich Ale has been in existence longer than nearly every other craft brewer in New England. Since that time, the Ipswich Ale portfolio of brands have developed into a tradition shared by not only the residents of eastern MA, but across New England. In January of 2016, the Ipswich Ale Brewery opened an onsite restaurant, the Ipswich Ale Brewer’s Table, which features 15 tap lines of Ipswich beers and an eclectic lunch and dinner menu.

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