Craft Brewery ISO of Single HopsDec 19, 2013 Comments (0)
There are over 100 different varieties of hops that brewers use to add bitterness, flavor and aroma to beer! And in addition to this massive amount of hops, there are new and experimental hops that are popping up all the time. With every hop offering its own array of unique characteristics, it’s important to find ways to familiarize ourselves with these hops and the different flavors and nuances they bring to the beer so we can make sure our portfolio of hops is stocked with the best of the best!
Think of hop selection like dating: you wouldn't ask someone to move in with you before you'd met them, right? Right. Same idea with hops. We don't want to get serious with a hop and give it a permanent home in our hops cooler before we get to know it a little better.
So what do you think one of the best ways is to get acquainted with a hop? To experiment by brewing with it, of course!
So we started a Single Hop Series to showcase select new and experimental hops and allow everyone from our brewers to craft beer fans to experience these hops and gain a deeper understanding of the nuances of each hop.
This series relies on a simple malt base that is standard across the entire series so that the hops are the star of the show. Using this crisp, pilsner style malt base (made up of Pilsner, Flaked Barley, Northwest Crystal C15, and Carahell malts) lets us experience the full range of flavors that each hop can offer to a beer without any other hops or flavors clouding our ability to judge the hop.
This fall, we released two different single hop beers so we could meet a couple of new hops. The first one, Mandarina, is known for its distinct tangerine and citrus flavors, and our most recent beer, brewed with Azacca hops, is known for its distinctive nose with notes of mango, apricot, apples, and pear!
To keep the single hop fun alive in 2014, we'll be rolling out three different single hop beers next year, starting with Mosaic, the “wonder hop” that offers a complex hop aroma and rich citrus, earthy pine and tropical fruit notes. This will be available in bottles and on draft starting in January, so make sure to grab yourself some to sample and let us know if it's a hop you think we should use in more of our beers!
Check out our beer page for more info on the series and each single hop beer.