Every year as summer fades into fall, a new crop of beers starts to pop up in American taprooms. Fresh hop and wet hop beers now regularly sit alongside the dry hopped (and, more recently, double dry hopped) IPAs released by innovative brewers. Servers often encourage you to taste the fresh and dry hop beers […]
Like IPAs? You’re not alone! According to the Brewers Association, IPAs accounted for less than eight percent of the craft beers sold in 2008. But as of August 2015, 27.4 percent of beers sold were IPAs. That’s a huge amount of growth, and the popularity of IPAs will only continue to rise.
The story of good beer is a familiar one: A craft brewery run by a bearded creative with an independent streak puts out unique brews. The passion to start the brewery came from being unsatisfied with the major American market of macro lagers, which led to home brewing, then to a local brewery, and then to […]
Jeremy Kosmicki pulled a single hop off of an 18-foot bine and rubbed it between his cupped hands, releasing the hop’s aromas shortly before he brought his hands to his face and deeply inhaled. Kosmicki, the brewmaster at Founders Brewing, paused, then inhaled again, comparing the smell of the Hopsteiner branded hop to the countless […]
The explosion of craft beer has in large part been because of the meteoric rise in popularity of IPA. This hop-forward beer has become so famous that, for many people, it’s the only craft beer style they’ve ever had. And because IPA has become so popular, beer drinkers across the country have started coming into […]
Hops are the beautiful, bitter little buds that fuel our brews. They tame the sweetness of malty brown ales, and stoke the fires of burly IPAs. But did you know that this cousin to cannabis has many other uses? It’s quite the dynamic plant, with a range of benefits—and some seemingly mystical qualities.
It happens one day (or has it already?): someone at a party walks up to you, microbrew in hand, and starts expounding on the virtues of hops. A friend—maybe someone you trusted—chimes in. Suddenly you’re in the crossfires of a hops-off, listening as once familiar faces throw out strange names like Cascade, Fuggle, Nugget, and […]