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Beer Essentials: The Most Popular Hops for Craft Brews

Craft Brew Boom For Americans, there’s nothing quite like cracking a cold one with the boys. Alcohol has been a part of the country’s celebrations for centuries, with beer being the most popular drink. In fact, a 2018 report by polling firm Gallup found that about 43% of Americans who enjoy alcohol prefer beer. And this has almost always been the case, as beer only came second to wine in the mid-2000s. People love this drink so much that they’re going beyond the commercial options and exploring specialty ones known as craft beer. Business is booming for small-town breweries. They’ve tripled in growth from 2012 to 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau found. More people are looking for complex and unique-tasting drinks, similar to the growing affinity for specialty coffee. The intricate flavors of beer often depend on the types of hops that brewing artisans use. What are hops and how do they contribute to the taste of your beer? Flowering Flavor If...

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4 Flavorful Craft Beers With Less Than a Hundred Calories

You’ve heard of beer gut, right? Well, it should come as no surprise to beer drinkers that the calories they chug down are going to end up somewhere. Unfortunately, your six-pack beer isn’t going to help any with six-pack abs. After all, the primary macronutrient—and therefore the biggest source of calories— in beer is alcohol. What’s more, craft beers are known to have higher ABV or alcohol by volume; so, while healthier for you and decidedly more flavorful, craft beers are also typically heavier on the calorie count. Fortunately, these days, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor and taste for lower caloric intake. Although “light” and “lite” beers, such as Bud Light and Miller Lite, still dominate the market, more and more people are turning to craft beers that are lower in calories, but not lacking in flavor. Below, we’ve listed a few of the best, most flavorful craft beers that have less than a hundred calories per serving. 1. Boulevard Easy Sport Recreation...

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Simcoe Hops a modern favorite for complex aroma

Simcoe Hops a modern favorite for complex aroma Simcoe hops is one of our favorite modern hops in the market today! You may have encountered this hop variety in your American Pale Ale or India Pale Ale, for instance in Green Flash Brewing Company’s West Coast IPA or Aspen Brewery’s Independence Pass Ale IPA. Many American craft brewers and homebrewers are choosing Simcoe to help give their brews bitterness and strong aroma, leading to it being a staple beer supply for brew setups around the U.S. Simcoe hops is a relatively new variety. It was released in 2000 by the Yakima Chief Ranch in Washington State. The Simcoe variety is used widely in the American craft brewing scene and with home brewers, and is known for its strong aromatic qualities. Brewers describe Simcoe’s strong aroma as possessing fruity characteristics as well as herbal, pine and earth fragrances. This is in part due...

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Essential Things You Need to Know About Aseptic Purees

Craft beers brewed from tropical fruits have been growing on craft beer drinkers in recent years. A signature craft beer made from a choice fruit (or two) can give you an edge over other breweries. Aseptic fruit purees can help you produce such specialized brews. The ripe blends and juices can give your drafts the distinct fruit flavors your customers will be looking for. But what is aseptic puree, and how different is it from standard homemade puree? Defining Aseptic Aseptic puree is a variant that has gone through a decontamination process. Aseptic means free from contamination, whether by bacteria, viruses, or any other harmful microorganisms. Unsurprisingly, there’s a vast market for aseptic purees, from homemakers to chefs to brewmasters. The Aseptic Process Puree made from real fruit juices and bits is attractive to harmful microorganisms. They are moist and packed with nutrients, sugar, and organic matter on which microorganisms can feed. To get rid of existing bacteria and prevent contamination after packaging,...

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What are New England IPAs?

So what are New England IPAs? Beer aficionados know that IPAs differ not only in style, but from region to region. To some degree, differences may be due to the area’s largest hops supplier or available beer supplies. But those factors don’t influence the popularity of an IPA’s style because, frankly, we can purchase the gamut at a good package store. New England brewers have developed a prominent style that tends to by cloudy and sweet, while avoiding the bitterness of traditional IPAs. West Coast IPA giants tend to amp up the ABV in conjunction with a classic bitter backend and citrus-tinged front-end aroma. Traditional IPAs and West Coast brews also present a clearer product with a lovely golden tint. The New England IPA blazes a different trail altogether. They embrace a rich golden turbidity that hop heads embrace and some have deemed the “Haze Craze.” Harpoon IPA was among the...

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2015 Citra hops boosted grapefruit flavors to create a standout profile

2015 Citra Hops - a must have for your beer supplies! A must have for all Beer Supplies: 2015 Citra Hops a boosted grapefruit flavor to create a standout profile The hop market is growing, and every beer advocate needs to add 015 Citra Hops to their beer supplies. Lets start at the top, with the growing popularity of craft beer in the United States, the hop market has seen exponential growth this was particularly apparent in the year 2015, when just the Pacific Northwest alone produced around 77 million pounds of these crucial beer supplies. That equated to about 96 percent of the entire United States crop. In fact, hops were able to thrive despite heat and water issues that occurred throughout the summer and during the blooming period. In particular, Washington and Idaho were hops supplier hotbeds, reaping yield percentages of 50 to 100 percent. These states success have helped the...

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