Video Tip: Choosing Hops for Fruited Sour IPAs

In this clip from his full video course, Jeff Hardesty of Narrow Gauge explains how careful hops selection can emphasize fruit character in these intensely flavored hybrid beers.

Jeff Hardesty Mar 13, 2020

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Jeff Hardesty is founder and brewer at Narrow Gauge Brewing Company in Florissant, Missouri, just north of St. Louis. He and his brewery have gained a national reputation for big, no-holds-barred, hard-to-categorize IPAs, often partially soured with Lactobacillus and flavored with lactose, vanilla, and copious amounts of fruit.

In the full 55-minute video course, Hardesty digs into the details of his evolving approach to brewing "milkshake" and "sour" fruited IPAs. Among the topics covered:

  • What are milkshake and sour IPAs, anyway?
  • How to develop recipes for these unique sub-styles
  • Kettle-souring IPAs
  • Whirlpool and dry hopping
  • Adding fruit and other flavors
  • Wood-aging and blending sour IPAs

And much more.

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