Bitterroot Brewing Co. head man Paul told me that his CTZ single hop ale should be on tap soon, and a newsletter reflected that, so I figured I’d better put it on your radar. Single hop beers, in case you didn’t know, offer a great way to get to learn the profile of a certain hop and the way it influences beer. Between fresh-hop beers and single hop varieties, I think the world is getting a great education in the flavors of hops. It’s also helping to educate peoples’ palates to the intricacies of the hop addition, which allows for a much greater appreciation for the flower cones. I can just see someone walking into a fine restaurant someday asking the beer sommelier for something in a Chinook, perhaps as late as…last month. CTZ, in case you’re wondering, are Columbus hops or Tomahawk or Zeus, depending on where they’re grown in the Pacific Northwest. They’re a high-alpha variety, which will give this beer a very Northwest-style flavor and hop characteristic.
This also brought up another thing someone mentioned to me yesterday. We are living in the Golden Age of beer. We have access to more styles and can drink beer from anywhere or made to taste like it’s from anywhere anytime we like. This is exciting. From the days of community brewers learning to perfect classic styles to mass-produced adjunct beers to artisanal craft beers with the range and complexity to out perform many wines, we truly are lucky to be living in this era.
Also, if you happen to be in Hamilton or going to Hamilton tonight, you might want to stop in and renew your mug-club membership and catch a little of my friend Andrea Harsell’s show -
Tonight is the last night for 20% off Mug Club membership renewals and merchandise!!
If you haven’t done so already, come on down to the brewery tonight for a 20% discount on your 2010 Mug Club Membership renewal, along with clothing and glassware! Oh,….and while you’re at it, enjoy a fine brew and music by Andrea Harsell…….
Here’s the good word from the folks at Bitter Root Brewing. I plan to pick up a growler of this on Saturday.
Paul’s latest Single Hop creation is now on tap!!
Amarillo Single Hop Ale (6.31% ABV): An unfiltered Pale Ale brewed and dry-hopped with Amarillo Hops. Amarillo is a relatively new American hop variety that has been described as “super cascade”. The flavor profile is very citrusy, especially leaning toward a distinct orange flavor and aroma. This hop was reportedly discovered and introduced by Virgil Gamache Farms, Inc. and resulted as a mutation of another hop variety.
according to Jason Goeltz of Bitter Root Brewing:
Thought you’d all like…er love, to know that the Single Hop is now on tap!!
2009 Single Hop: 6.36% (ABV); An unfiltered Pale Ale brewed and dry hopped with Summit Hops, a new variety imparting orange and tangerine flavors and aromas….
See you all soon!
General Manager, Bitter Root Brewing
Oh, yeah. Love me some summit hops. Last year’s single hop was brewed with Ahtanum hops, and you can read all about it here.