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Collaborating for SF Beer Week

Our West Coast Regional Sales Director Peter Hoey teamed with Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. to brew a double IPA for San Francisco Beer Week using BSG ingredients, including our variety-specific hop extracts.

Hop Profile: Idaho 7

Idaho 7 burst onto the scene in 2015 with a sensory profile that reminded some of Mosaic in its multifaceted character. By turns it seems to show pine, tropical fruit, citrus, and tea leaf. You may have first tasted it in Sierra Nevada’s single hop series, but it’s becoming much more commonly seen in flights and pints all over the country.

Rahr Malting Co. Products Moving to 55 lb Sacks

(updated January 12, 2017)

Beginning in 2017, Rahr Malting Co. products will be packaged in 55 lb (25 kg) sacks.
 
When: 
The following BSG warehouses will begin shipping Rahr products in 55 lb sacks on February 27, 2017:
  • Providence, RI
  • Denver, CO
  • Vancouver, WA
  • San Leandro, CA
  • Houston, TX
 
55 lb sacks are expected to begin shipping from the Atlanta warehouse in mid to late March 2017; and from Shakopee in late spring 2017.

Please watch this page for updates.

Please feel free to contact your CSR or Sales Manager with any questions or concerns. We would like to thank you for your business, and we look forward to working with you in 2017 and beyond.

Cheers!

Hop Profile: Kazbek

 

 

Named after Mt. Kazbek, a dormant stratovolcano in Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains, Kazbek hops have seen increased acreage every season in the Czech Republic since their release in 2008.

Bred from Saaz and a wild landrace hop from the Caucasus, Kazbek exhibits late maturity in the field but good hardiness and better yields than its Saaz parent at 2100-3000 kg/ha.

COA 24/7: Hop & Malt Analyses from BSG

Beer is an agricultural product, and that normal variances in crop year, variety, and growing region of raw materials can have a big impact in the brewhouse, cellar, and shelf.

That’s why BSG has made it easier than ever to access certificates of analysis for our products on our website. Use your desktop or mobile device at any time to get lot-specific analyses for the malt and hops in your formulations.

Brewing with Low-Color Malts

 

“It used to be that a brewery worth its chops had to have an IPA,” says BSG Midwest Sales Director Chris German, “now it’s Pils.” 

The 2016 GABF would seem to support this, with record numbers of entries in the pale lager categories.

Malt color – as well as many flavor compounds – are created in the kiln. Lower temperatures and shorter kiln times mean paler malts that let the milder noble hops  typically used for pale lagers have more of a voice in the glass.

Koda Energy: The Power Behind Rahr Malt

Every bag of Rahr malt produced at the Shakopee, MN maltings is printed with a distinctive icon: a dinosaur inside a circle and bar. For the thousands of breweries who use Rahr malts, that icon – indicating “Fossil-Free Malting” - might be the only indication that Koda Energy exists.

Hidden from the street by towering grain elevators and surrounded by tall malthouses, the power plant that supplies energy to the Rahr Malting Co. campus may be easy to miss, but it is unique in the world and indispensible to the malt you rely on: 100% of the power for Rahr Malting comes from Koda.

Rahr Corporation Celebrates Completion of World's Largest Single-Site Malting Facility

Shakopee, Minn. – Rahr Corporation debuted its malt house and other new spaces to 650 neighbors and the local brewing community on Saturday, September 24. Rahr began the $68 million expansion project in April 2015 and completed it six months ahead of schedule. 

“This project is focused on taking our quality, capabilities and service to an even higher level,” said William Rahr, president and chief executive officer of Rahr Corporation, a family-owned business for the past 169 years. “We’re adding 28 full-time employees at our home base in Shakopee to make this growth possible and meet the needs of a thriving brewing and beverage industry.”

A Look at the 2016 Hop Crop

BSG Hops has been out in the fields monitoring progress in the weeks leading up to harvest, and we like what we're seeing - good growth and good cone set. Please contact your Sales Manager for more info or to forecast your hop needs for the coming crop year.

Cascade cones from Cornerstone Ranches.

Maris Otter In Summit's 30th Anniversary Beer

Our friends at Summit Brewing Co. invited us over on a brew day for a limited-release beer celebrating their 30th anniversary, using 100% Simpsons Maris Otter from BSG. Thanks to head brewer Damian McConn and everyone at Summit for having us - can't wait to have the finished product!