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Hunting the fields during hops harvest, we were stopped in our tracks by the otherworldly lemon notes of a hop called Lemondrop. We just had to build a beer around it. Our HopCyclone circulates Lemondrop’s citrusy oils throughout Golden Thing, and dry-hopping with Lemondrop and Centennial leads to juicy layers of fresh lemonade, pinesap, and sweet citrus
Viking Beach Party IPA is formed with a simple malt bill of 2-row and white wheat. The malts work hand in hand with the late-hops addition of Citra, Ekuanot, and Azacca. Our house yeast rounds out the experience. The 5.5 pounds of hops per bbl and the bone-dry hops character create a juicy experience with limited bitterness. Take it to the beach!
Legends never die. Ever since its inception, Union Jack has carried the flag for the trailblazing West Coast style. Rather than stand down amid the onslaught of hazy and fruity IPAs, Union Jack is taking a stand: new look, new attitude, same intensely hopped IPA. Union Jack—an icon of the style, for those who like their beer loud and proud.
Hop Knife recognizes the time-honored tradition of hand harvesting hops at the peak of maturity. At the end of fermentation, the beer flows through our HopCyclone, releasing a bounty of preserved citrus rind, crushed jungle, and tropical aromas. ‘Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our Brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
A 2018 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, this delicious kettle-soured ale has a light body and tart fruity flavors brought on by the addition of juicy blackberries. Made with the gluten-free malts buckwheat and millet, it’s an approachable and easy-drinking beer year-round.
Let your mind wander. From the coast of California comes Mind Haze IPA, a free-spirited beer made to elevate your perceptions: juicy yet balanced, hazy yet lasting, and loaded with an imaginative array of tropical hops flavors. Launched this spring after almost a year of experimenta- tion, Mind Haze bor- rows from Bavarian hefeweizen brewing methods to achieve unsurpassed shelf freshness for the style. Mind Haze—a hazy IPA done the Firestone way.
Ommegang Brut IPA brilliantly expresses the best of two proud brewing cultures by marrying the floral hops of an American IPA and the sparkling drinkability of a fine Belgian ale. Dry-hopped with Bravo, Citra, Calypso, and Mandarina Bavaria and then patiently bottle conditioned, this sparkling sensation is beautifully balanced and intriguingly effervescent. With a bright burst of hops, only 140 calories, and fewer than four grams of carbohydrates, Brut IPA is a different breed of bubbly.
Challenge Series 70 is the third lap of the race. It is an IPA that times out at 6.75 percent ABV. This beer has a bracing bitterness with bright pine and citrus notes. Tropical fruits come out while the Pilsner and honey malt create a softness that ends the lap. Like the label, this beer is lightning quick. Get it while it’s on the track.
It’s the ultimate season of revelry, so we teamed up with Germany’s Bitburger Brewery. More than 200 years old, family- owned Bitburger Brewery uses an ex- clusive mix of hops in its famous Pilsner—a classified blend never shared outside its walls until now. This Oktoberfest features what Bitburger calls Siegelhopfen, meaning ‘sealed hops,’ which complement the malt backbone. What’s more, the beer comes to life thanks to Bitburger’s yeast, another house ingredient gifted for the first time ever.
Old school meets new school in this fresh approach to the American IPA. Break- ing Bud features the restrained bitterness and alcohol of a classic IPA with newer tropical fruit flavors and aromas of Mosa- ic hops. Simcoe and CTZ are also in the hops mix, creating layers of mango and passion fruit, along with pine and dank.
Combining the best of both American and European traditions, Brewery Ommegang’s Project Cider offers fresh, fruit-forward flavors with dry, sparkling drinkability. Both Rosé and Dry varieties begin with fresh-pressed culinary apples sourced exclusively from New York State. The juices are fermented with Ommegang’s Belgian house yeast to add character and complexity. A touch of hibiscus provides Rosé with a tart snap and a well-rounded texture. The finished ciders are clarified and carbonated for a spirited sparkle.
In the hops fields, we daydream and study, and at the brewery, we tinker and test. For Field Study, dry-hopping delivers notes of ripe grapefruit, mango, pear, and melon. Add a backbone of local rustic pale malt, and Field Study is just what we were after: a slightly hazy yet bright summer daydream come true. We taste: ripe grapefruit, pear, hint of melon.
This refreshing Kölsch-style ale is brewed with passion fruit and ready for your next escape. Inspired by tropical fruit punch, this New Belgium take on an American-style fruit beer will leave you digging through the cooler for your next. Available for a limited time in 6-packs as well as New Belgium variety 12-packs.
Our brewers are always on the lookout for different hops varieties and the complexities and flavors new strains can bring. That’s where hemp comes into the picture. Without getting too nerdy, we found a unique way to recreate hemp terpene flavors in a beer, which complement the inclu- sion of hop flavors and hemp hearts (seeds) in a brand new, delicious way not to mention this beer is extremely dank! The flavors and aromas are so unique that it’s a style unto itself, hence HPA®.
Who is Dr. Pat? A dentist, third-generation farmer, and cofounder of High Hops Brewery. Dr. Pat cultivated our on-site hops farm in 2007, which led to the opening of High Hops Brewery in 2012. It’s his recipe that creates this malty, heavily hopped beer. We brew it with continuous hops additions using hops grown in that same field more than 10 years later.
Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, walking the fields and talking to the farmers, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
A flavorful craft beer that’s uniquely easy to drink? It’s true. Introducing Firestone Lager. While Firestone Lager may not be your father’s lager, it is just as drinkable—which is ultimately the point. In the words of Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, ‘Firestone Lager is all about enjoying a good, clean beer.’
A limited-edition collaboration between New Belgium and Knob Creek, Oakspire is a unique bourbon-barrel ale aged with bourbon-steeped oak spirals and char from inside the barrel. Smooth notes of toffee, vanilla, and caramel wrap up with a pleasantly warm finish. Oakspire: Where in- novation meets tradition.
We created this Winter IPA to toast hops growers around the world for another successful harvest. This storm of hoppy citrus and pine notes is a bright reminder the end of the Hop Cycle is only the beginning. We taste: spruce tips, pineap- ple, malted wheat. Availability: Nov–Jan