It's been a banger year in our Hop Kitchen series, with Hop Tart
, Oatmeal IPA
, and Super IPA
flowing from taps, and now the final series release for 2015 is here: Hop Stout
, one of the biggest, darkest, hoppiest beers we’ve brewed to date. One of the highlights of Hop Stout—besides the incredibly chewy eight-grain malt bill featuring the likes of chocolate malt, roasted barley, caramel malts, and oats—is the particular hop selection. Ever heard of Styrian Dana? “We did a single hop beer once with [Styrian Dana] and it was super funky,” says quality analyst Christian Holbrook. “We got some sharp garlic, green onion characteristics, but as the beer aged, it had this really citrus herbaceous character. One of the things we ...