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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Just in time for homecoming and the 150th anniversary celebration, Purdue University and People's Brewing Company have released Boiler Black, the long-anticipated second Purdue licensed beer.
Boiler Black is an American Black Ale, similar to a porter style. People's owner Chris Johnson describes as "approchable."
"It will have some roasted characters, kind of like a coffee," said Johnson. "It will be dark in color and be a much different beer (than Boiler Gold) with a richer flavor."
News 18 was there as the first cans came off the line Wednesday morning.
The university released its first licensed beer, Boiler Gold, in August of 2017. The American Golden Ale skyrocketed in popularity in the months following the release.
The can, similar to Boiler Gold, features the Purdue train. One glaring difference is the addition of the 150th anniversary logo. Johnson said Boiler Gold will also have the "150 Years of Giant Leaps" printed on the side of it as well.
"That 150th anniversary edition of the can, which will be on the Gold as well here shortly, was an idea that came from Purdue, said Johnson. "That's why we pushed the release back to homecoming."
On the side of the Boiler Black can, the words "leave your footprint in agriculture" are also printed. Similar to Boiler Gold, the ingredients in Boiler Black are researched by Purdue University and grown by local farmers. As we reported earlier this summer, the university introduced a fermentation minor that partners students at Purdue with People's. Some of the proceeds from Boiler Black will go toward the food science program.
The pilot batch was actually brewed on campus, at the food science's brand new lab. Lafayette-based Blichmann Engineering provided equipment for its program.
"We piloted this beer on the new system over there at the university," said Johnson. "It will be just another step in the direction of educating students in fermentation science, not only in beer, but also in wine, food and cheese."
Boiler Black will be added to the list of beer offerings at Ross-Ade Stadium and Mackey Arena. Beer and wine has been available to buy at both places since 2017.
People's Brewing Company also recently partnered with Mid America Beverage, an Anheuser-Bush distribution company based out of Kokomo. With the partnership, People's will be able to distribute Boiler Black, Boiler Gold and its other beers across the state.
"Boiler Black, in the next four weeks or so, will be available all the way from the north-side of Chicago down to Indianapolis," said Johnson.
Purdue and People's will roll out the "Boiler Black carpet" this Saturday at homecoming against Boston College. You may have to act fast though if you want to try a can. When Boiler Gold debuted last season, most concession stands were sold out before the end of the first quarter.
When asked if Boiler Gold and Boiler Black are it, Johnson said "for now" alluding to the opportunity for students in the fermentation program to develop their own brews. Boiler Black will be available at Ross-Ade, the 1869 Tap Room and the People's Tap Room this weekend.