Podcast Episode 99: Alarmist Brewing’s Gary Gulley: Brewing for Gold With Hazy and Juicy IPAs

The founder of Alarmist Brewing (Chicago, Illinois) shares his thoughts on brewing hazy IPAs, and the perspective and techniques that helped them win gold in the competitive category.

Jamie Bogner Sep 6, 2019


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Ask ten brewers about the secret to brewing a great hazy IPA, and you’ll likely get ten different answers. For Gary Gulley and Alarmist Brewing, the answer is “threading the needle”—riding that delicate line between hops intensity, bitterness, sweetness that brings out the hops character, and dryness for drinkability. Achieving that elusive balance is no small feat, and in this episode Gulley discusses just how they do it. From yeast selection and treatment to dry hopping timing and techniques, employing lactose with a soft touch, and more, it’s a deep dive into the things that made Le Jus number one on the tastebud’s of last year’s GABF judges. Winning the medal has changed everything for Alarmist, and this episode delves into why.

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