Style: Quick Tart and Sour Beers
Creature Comforts Athena
What the brewers say
“A refreshing, gently tart, German-style wheat beer with a blend of citric and fruit notes with nods to cider and sauvignon blanc. We go through two fermentations with this beer to offer an interesting complexity in an amazingly light and drinkable beer.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Nice fruit esters with some sweat-socks notes, followed by a mix of wheat malt and mild funk that builds over time. A light lactic aroma with pale Pilsner malt notes, some lemon rind with a hint of pith, and a hint of hops that comes through mostly as grapefruit or tangerine. Pretty subdued aromas.”
Flavor: “Grapefruit with a moderate lemon and melon note that transitions into a sour, light puckering finish. The nice, balanced apple and peachy sour continues well after the sip has finished. Very crisp, with high carbonation and a medium malty sweet wheat body.
Overall: “Refreshing, with a good balanced amount of delicate fruits, grapefruit and pith sourness, and carbonation. The flavors of this beer came together well. There was a nice acidity balanced with a good body, and it’s everything that I expect from a Berliner.”
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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.’
High Hops Brewery Dr. Pat’s Double IPA
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.