Podcast Episode 295: Barn Town Enjoys Making Hazy IPA and Tart Fruit Beers that People Enjoy

Welcoming flavor is the name of the game for Barn Town Brewing in West Des Moines, Iowa. Whether it’s their top-scoring hazy IPAs or their non-gluten fruited sour beers, they’re earning a reputation for building savvy balance into bold flavors.

Jamie Bogner Mar 20, 2023 - 6 min read

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Barn Town popped up on our radar in 2022, with a number of beers across styles that scored well with our blind panel of judges, but the best of the bunch was their Neon hazy IPA with an impressive score of 98. In our upcoming Spring 2023 issue, focused on IPAs, they did it again with another 98 for their hazy double IPA Stink, Stank, Stunk. So, naturally, we felt the need to ask some questions and understand how they’re making such consistently impressive beers.

In this episode, founder Pete Faber, head brewer Grant Brower, and brewer Cody Guyer cover a range of topics, including:

  • updating recipes over the past half-decade to adapt to changing customer tastes
  • building stability in hazy IPA with malted oats, wheat, and pilsner malt
  • why Citra is “the bacon”—good with everything
  • chilling the whirlpool and optimizing for survivables
  • dry hopping after crashing to minimize less-desirable flavors
  • consistency and variability in hop varieties from lot to lot
  • brewing fruited sour beers without gluten-containing grains
  • the impacts of thickness and gravity on batch pasteurization

And more.

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Jamie Bogner is the Cofounder and Editorial Director of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine®. Email him at [email protected].