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When you live and work in the Yakima Valley, hops become a way of life. They’re second nature, omnipresent, and a constant topic of conversation—and if you’re a local brewer, many of your customers are the same folks who grow, process, study, and sell those hops.
As such, hops are central to Varietal Beer, and that focus has picked up momentum as fans flock to their taproom—about 30 minutes south of the city of Yakima—to drink their subtle, nuanced, and beautiful IPAs and fresh-hop beers. The industry has noticed, too, with two recent GABF silver medals in the categories Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale (2021) and Fresh Hop Beer (2022).
In this episode, Baum discusses:
- designing hoppy beers that aren’t confrontational
- brewing IPAs with 100 percent craft malt
- barley varieties that complement certain styles
- balancing and achieving bitterness and structure in IPA
- manipulating pH to soften bitterness
- balancing cryogenic hops with “American Noble” low-alpha varieties
- the beauty of Comet hops
- differences in brewing with fresh-kilned hops and T-90 pellets
- their fresh-hop brewing process
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