Barrier Celebrates Third Anniversary with New Version of Bumble

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I was celebrating my country’s independence within a cesspool of homogeneity, accompanied by Chinese-manufactured plastic flags and the piss-odor of light-bodied aluminum lagers.

“A man’s torment is inevitable, like Tuesday,” I said.

A close-up revealed my lugubrious essence. A closer-up revealed my unmanicured brow.

SUBTITLES: “Through a telescope, or manhole, the universe flickers like a defective Lite-Brite,” I said.


I actually celebrated Independence Day with Barrier Brewing Company‘s newest incarnation of Bumble, an 8.00% ABV IPA brewed with wheat malt and four hop varieties, including Mosaic.

After debuting a lower-strength version (5.10% ABV) in 2012, Barrier recently amplified the recipe to establish a hoppier identity. Bumble was rereleased on July 03, for the Oceanside-based brewery’s third birthday.

“We were trying to strike a balance between wheat beers and pale ales but it was too hop forward for the former but not bold enough for the latter,” says Craig Frymark, co-owner. “We said to hell with balance and compromise and decided to totally amplify all the flavors and characteristics and brew up one wild and crazy wheat beer.”

Barrier will brew “five or six more batches” of Bumble, says Frymark, “but hope to ultimately add it to the regular rotation.”

Description of Bumble:

Brewed with 40% wheat malt and 4 different Pacific NW hop varieties, including a new and limited hop called Mosiac. It’s also double dry hopped post-fermentation to create a hugely aromatic and flavorful beer. Pours a hazy honey gold with big hop aromas of pungent citrus, passion fruit, and overripe cantaloupe. Flavors are tart, fruity, tropical, bitter, biting, hoppy, and crisp. If you like Money IPA, your gonna love this one.

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niko krommydas

Niko Krommydas has written for Tasting Table, BeerAdvocate, Munchies, and First We Feast. He is editor of Craft Beer New York, an app for the iPhone, and a columnist for Yankee Brew News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.