Tag: Hops

The 20 Most-Read BeerAdvocate Stories of 2017 News by

Unsurprisingly, many of the most popular BeerAdvocate stories in 2017 focus on hops, while a nearly equal number of popular stories explored the meaning of “craft beer” as Big Beer continued its aggressive takeovers.

Europe’s Puzzling Nobility: Hops from the Styrian Hinterland Behind the Bines by

US drinkers might soon become more familiar with four new flavor hops from Slovenia, in addition to the Styrian region’s already well-known Noble hops.

Cannabis-Infused Beers on the Rise News by

A string of brews incorporating cannabis have been released by producers in cannabis-friendly states like Vermont and Oregon.

The Hops Farmer: John Segal Jr. Will Work For Beer by

Determined to connect farmers and brewers, third-generation hops farmer John Segal rebuilt his family’s business—the first to commercially cultivate Cascades.

Tree Beer: Brewing with Wafer Ash Behind the Bines by

Taking a cue from resourceful homebrewers in the past, Jester King Brewery tries replacing hops with the bitter fruit of the wafer ash tree.

South African Hop Importer Greg Crum, Owner of ZA Hops, on AB InBev’s Monopoly Last Call by

AB InBev’s announcement that it will stop selling South African hops to third parties outside of South Africa forced South African hop importer Greg Crum to close his business, ZA Hops.

Beer From Here: More Craft Breweries Embrace Locavorism Grain to Glass by

As the locavore movement spreads, breweries are working with regional farms or growing their own ingredients to make beer with a sense of place.

Idaho’s First Hop Pelletizing Facility to Open in August 2017 News by

Idaho is the third largest producer of hops in the US, but the state was lacking a hop pelletizing facility—until now.

Brewers Showcase Hoppiness Without Bitterness in Zero IBU IPAs News by

Since The Veil’s “zero IBU” IPA first appeared in April 2016, several breweries have released their own takes on the sub-style, including Other Half in New York, Twin Sails in Vancouver, BC, and a collaboration between Cerebral Brewing in Denver and Chicago’s Mikerphone Brewing.

Hashing It Out: A New Hop Supercharger for Homebrewers BYOB by

Brewing a Pale Ale with Idaho 7 “hop hash,” a hop supercharger added in the kettle or whirlpool for more potent hop character with less muddiness.

Magic Dust: Will a New Oil-Rich Powder Change Hoppy Beers? Behind the Bines by

As lupulin powder, an oil-rich hop dust, makes its way into the brewing marketplace, the high-tech ingredient could shape the future of hoppy beer as we know it.

Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley Shelf Talker by

Author Peter Kopp traces the hop’s history from its oldest ancestor, which grew in Asia, to the first hop arriving in America millions of years later, probably in a bottle of English ale.

The Southern Brewing Company: There’s No Taste Like Home From the Source by

Known for its eclectic dining, music, and arts scene, Athens, Ga., gained its third brewery in May 2015 when Brian Roth opened The Southern Brewing Company to brew beer that “tastes like Athens.”

January 2017 News: Belgian Beer’s Cultural Heritage, White Labs Asheville Opens, Brewing with Heirloom Barley, and a Record Year for US Hops News by

In a round-up of beer news, Belgian beer is recognized as cultural heritage; White Labs Asheville begins production, New Holland brews lager with heirloom barley; and 2016 is a record year for US hop growers.

Baladin to Open Farm Brewery Emphasizing Beer’s Agricultural Roots News by

Teo Musso, one of the four original pioneers of Italy’s craft brewing movement, plans to debut Baladin Open Garden, a 786,000-square-foot beer park in the country’s Piedmont region, in June 2017.

Jeff Griffith of Fate Brewing Company Going Pro by

Jeff Griffith, head brewer at Fate Brewing Company in Boulder, Colo., cranks out everything from classic Belgian and German styles to experimental IPAs, tequila barrel-aged sours, and coffee-infused hop bombs.

California’s Double Brown Hustle BYOB by

This big, dank Double Brown Ale recipe commemorates California Governor Jerry Brown, who has signed four homebrew bills into law.

Alena Botanica: Hop Art Beyond the Glass For Love of the Craft by

Alena Schnarr’s plant-inspired artwork took a turn for the hoppy during her years working (and photographing) at the Alchemist in Vermont.

As Fresh Hop Beers Multiply, So Does Experimentation News by

As access to fresh hops expands, breweries celebrate the ingredient in new ways, from hop harvest festivals to new ways of extracting wet hop flavors in seasonal beers.

Far From the Field: Downtown Breweries Embrace Urban Farmhouse Beer Feature by

Trading sprawling fields for rooftop gardens, urban farm breweries from Los Angeles to Chicago and New York bring a new kind of authenticity to farmhouse-style beers.

Bring All the Brewers to the Yard BYOB by

Inspired by a professional collaboration, this Strawberry Milkshake IPA recipe uses fruity Citra and Mosaic hops, white wheat malt, oats, lactose, and strawberry puree.

Growing Local: Neighborhood Hop Farms Provide Brewers with Terroir Behind the Bines by

As hop farm acreage swells beyond the Pacific Northwest, more breweries showcase local hops in seasonal beers.

Pure, Not Simple: German Brewers Experiment Inside the Reinheitsgebot’s Boundaries Feature by

While some German brewers make beer that flouts the Reinheitsgebot, many more are committed to brewing within its strictures while employing creative tactics, like adding hop varieties that mimic flavors of prohibited ingredients.

Beyond the Pale: Is the Pale Ale Passé or Poised for Reinvention? Feature by

Once an industry staple, Pale Ale has ceded shelf space to the popular IPA and its Imperial and Session cousins. Has the former flagship style seen its last days, or can it be reborn with a renewed emphasis on hop and malt varieties?