Podcast Episode 288: BKS Softens the Edges of Hazy IPA by Pushing Beyond Common Practice

Mary and Brian Rooney of Kansas City's BKS Artisan Ales discuss their approach to experimentation and iteration with soft and fluffy (but well-attenuated) hazy IPA.

Jamie Bogner Jan 29, 2023 - 6 min read

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Kansas City’s BKS Artisan Ales is husband-wife team Brian and Mary Rooney’s attempt to bring rapid, taproom-based innovation to their hometown. Their GABF silver medal in 2021 for Clouds hazy double IPA, GABF gold in 2022 for Rockhill & Locust dark mild, and great scores from the Craft Beer & Brewing blind judging panel have confirmed that they’ve been able to achieve it. They started small and they remain small relative to many breweries of similar volume, choosing to brew more batches, more often, into more fermentors, so that they can keep the taproom lineup fresh and constantly evolving.

In this episode, they discuss the background and their philosophy behind the brewery before diving into hazy beer approaches, including:

  • developing brewing processes that promote softness—nothing blocky, angular, or harsh
  • using the “terroir” of local water but still getting very low total dissolved solids
  • taking a conscious approach to pre-boil, kettle, and knockout pH for softer hop character
  • selecting hops and hop formats for softer bitterness
  • evaluating hop COAs to estimate desirable (and undesirable) hop oil content in lots
  • aging Mosaic for better expression in hazy IPA
  • fermenting with Conan yeast in an unconventional way

And more.

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