IPA Is Still Cool, Right? Cold IPA Revisited
Since we first wrote about Cold IPAs a year ago they’ve become much more common on taplists, retail shelves, and in the beer blogosphere. This summer we’re coming in hot to revisit Cold IPA: what it is, what it isn’t, and what makes it go. What it is Cold IPA fuses classic West Coast IPA […]
Cashmere: An Elegant Public Hop Variety
Soft, smooth, and luxurious like its namesake, Cashmere is a versatile dual-purpose hop that brings complex aromas of citrus and tropical fruit to the forefront. But don’t be deterred by its fancy-sounding name, in truth Cashmere is a complex hop for the people. A cross between Cascade and Northern Brewer, Cashmere was released in 2013 […]
PUBLIC HOP VARIETIES: TRIUMPH IS FOR WINNERS
Since BSG first shared the news with our customers in 2019, Triumph hops have been seen in more and more beers around the US and the world. But three years on, this public variety is still flying a bit under the radar. In this post, we’ll make sure you’re not missing out on the winning […]
#HarFest 2022 with NZ Hops
The Southern Hemisphere hop harvest is in full swing! BSG partners with NZ Hops Ltd. to bring the best of New Zealand hops to brewers. This cooperative of master growers, based in Nelson, New Zealand, is sharing the experience on social media – follow along at @nzhops for a virtual front row seat at #HarFest2022. 2022 Crop Outlook […]
Get Lupulin Rich
Before jumping into a discussion of lupulin-enriched hop pellet production, let’s start with a quick review of how “normal” hop pellets are produced. The process of transforming hop cones to pellets begins when hop cones are hammer-milled into a powder. This sticky and aromatic powder is then blended to homogenize hops from multiple bales, cleaned to remove strigs, and then compressed into pellets using a pellet die. Approximately 90% of the total hop cone weight is retained, so this sort of hop pellet is known as a Type 90 or T-90. Most brewers usually skip the T-90 designation and refer to these as pelletized hops.
American Bine: The Northwest United States’ Famous Crop
As summer fades and the Pumpkin Spice Latte once again holds residence in a coffee shop near you, farmers in Yakima Valley take to the hop fields. As harvest begins, the vivid and bold aromas float through air and fill every nose with fragrance. Scents like rich pine and strong citrus and potent dank wrap their way around the valley, marking the turn of the season and the budding excitement of a new crop of hops.
Meet NZ Hops Ltd.
New Zealand Hops Ltd. is a cooperative of Master Growers, built on family values, whose legend and cultivars have been crafted for over 150 years with creativity and passion.
The Chilly & The Crispy – What’s A Cold IPA?
It’s common in the craftbrewing industry for new trends to emerge from the creative brainwaves of brewers. One of the latest emerging trends however, has left people scratching their heads. Meet the Cold IPA.
Aurum & Diamant: Brewhouse Trials with Two New German Hops
In the midst of the dreary winter months, there’s something new to get excited about. New hop varieties Aurum and Diamant from Germany are coming to the US, and we asked Marble Brewery of Albuquerque, New Mexico to give them a trial run.
German Hop Update – June 2020
Across the fields and farms of Germany, hop bines begin their climb towards the sky as the summer rolls on. Here, we have a glimpse into the 2020 German hop crop, and updates from HVG regarding them.
CO2 Hop Extract
CO2 Hop Extract is a pure resin produced through supercritical CO2 extraction, whereby the essential bittering and aromatic compounds of hops (alpha acids, beta acids, and oils) are separated from the leafy plant material. The extraction process removes solids, while the CO2 is recovered and reused. The final resin is then analyzed for brewing values and packaged in ready-to-use food grade cans.