There are a lot of variables that play a role in creating what we perceive as taste. And when making beer, water source, yeast strains, carbonation levels and hop variety are just a few considerations that can each have varying degrees of impact on flavor.
I typically like to build beers to be hop-, water-, malt- or yeast-focused. In all beers, each of those variables undoubtedly play a part, but I often times find myself selecting just one to play a primary role. For example, Grace and Grit Double IPA is a hop-driven beer, while Farmhouse Slang Saison is a yeast-driven beer.
Most beers, particularly IPAs, use multiple varieties of hops. Grace and Grit, for example, has four, and some other commercial examples can user over six varieties. While multiple varieties can create a depth of bitterness and flavor, it’s hard to get a real idea of what individual hop varietals can bring to the table. Enter the SMASH IPA.
SMASH is an acronym for (Single Malt and Single Hop). Only one type of malt and one type of hop is used in an attempt to showcase a single hop variety. This week, we are proud to debut our first commercially brewed SMASH IPA bearing the name “Hobbies Include”. To kick things off we wanted to start with a fairly new hop that we never used before. Hobbies Include will feature American Cashmere hops. Cashmere is a cross between Cascade and Northern Brewer released by Washington State University in 2013. Cashmere is a dual-purpose stunner evoking coconut, melon, tangerine, and other tropical and spicy notes alongside smooth bitterness.
To up the ante, we decided to make this our most aggressively dry hopped beer we have ever made (yes, even more than Grace and Grit), adding over 5lbs of hops per bbl.
Beginning, Friday, 1/25, we will proudly be pouring Hobbies Include: Cashmere. This will be a draught only release with limited amounts heading out to distribution next week.
Cant wait to see everyone! Cheers.