Bale Breaker Brewing announces Harvest Collaboration Series with four breweries

Bale Breaker Brewing just announced plans to collaborate with four different breweries this hop harvest season. “Brewers from across the country are planning trips to the hop fields of Yakima Valley for our upcoming harvest,” says Jessica Hawkins, Bale Breaker’s marketing manager. "It's the perfect time to brew with some of [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:25-07:00

Less Hype, More Hops: Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow celebrates strong, aggressively hopped beers

The fourth annual Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow kicks off tomorrow, Feb. 2, at Brouwer’s Café in Seattle, where you will find a whopping 32 Hop Mob beers on tap. Through Feb. 12, other Hop Mob events will follow in 8 western Washington cities, from Bellingham to Vancouver. This year, [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:45-07:00

U.S. hop acreage reaches an all-time high

According to a report released last week by Hop Growers of America (HGA), an organization that promotes American-grown hops, U.S. hop acreage increased a whopping 18.5% this year. Total acreage now stands at 53,213, which is an all-time high and 8,303 more acres than 2015. With the number of craft breweries surging in [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:18-07:00

Looking back on the 2015 hop crop, toward the future

  In a recent release, Hop Growers of America (HGA) deemed the 2015 hop crop “good” overall. Despite climatic challenges, this year’s harvest exceeded 2014’s by 11%, and most hop contracts are expected to be fulfilled by U.S. growers and merchants. (Some reported numbers vary slightly because some reports reflect acreage and [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:15-07:00

Brewing with spices

Some “beer purists” might eschew the use of spices in beer brewing, but spices have been used much longer than hops. By many accounts, beer was first made more than 9,000 years ago, but using hops in beer has only been traced back about 1,000 years. Before hopped beer, gruit beer (also grut [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:28-07:00
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