springhopping

Spring has officially sprung, and that means that the humulus lupulus (otherwise known to beer-lovers as hops) are beginning to surface. While the harvest for hops is much, much later (think early fall), there is a lot of important work being done at this point in the growth cycle. As the shoots come up, they must be pruned to improve growth of the strongest, trained to string or cords so that they grow efficiently and weeded to ensure they aren’t choked out. This is all a lot of hard work, but the end result is worth it.

A brewery that knows this best is Rogue, who grows their own aromatic hops on their farm. And to showcase this blend of art and science, they’ve come out with a series of four IPAs.

4 Hop IPA – A blend of Rebel, Freedom, Yaquina and Alluvial hops. Served best with poultry and veggies. 55 IBU and 4.44% ABV

6 Hop IPA – Liberty, Revolution, Independent, Freedom, Yaquina and Alluvial hops make up this one, best paired with red meat or cheeses. 87 IBU and 6.66% ABV

7 Hop IPA – This number includes Liberty, Newport, Revolution, Independent, Freedom, Yaquina and Alluvial hops. Pairs well with spicy foods or red meat. 76 IBU and 7.77% ABV

8 Hop IPA – In this final brew, there’s Liberty, Newport, Revolution, Independent, Freedom, Rebel, Yaquina and Alluvial hops. This goes well with poultry and spicy dishes. 80 IBU and 8.88% ABV

So as flowers bloom, the Easter Bunny hop-hop-hops and the northern hemisphere turns green again, enjoy these brews to celebrate this beautiful time of year.