A new British hop variety, Jester, was developed to take on the punchy New World varieties that are currently dominating the craft beer industry. The hop is described as having a ‘wild tropical fruit aroma with flavor notes of grapefruit, lychees and blackcurrant’. We found them to indeed have an intense, fresh, citrusy, tropical fruit aroma which is not typical to most British hop varieties. We are excited to have this hop as part of our Single Hop Series lineup.
Bourbon Barrel 3Tun is an even bigger version of our Imperial Stout that has been living in a beautiful Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrel since November of last year. It is smooth and balanced featuring notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and vanilla along with the whiskey.
We spent some time selecting the German ingredients to make a proper Pilsner. First, German pilsner malts create a light, dry malt backbone and a beautiful pale golden color. Then, German Magnum hops balance the malt character with a smooth, clean bitterness. Of course, the classic, noble flavor of Saaz hops lends a lovely crispness that accentuates the clean, dry finish. We dry hopped the beer with another pound per barrel of Saaz.
The latest American Sour release from the Hermitage Cellar is Blood Orange…
We blended beautiful blood oranges into a tart and refreshing blonde ale and aged it in our cellar for 18 months, creating a juicy sour with lots of citrus and a hint of sweet berry.
American brewers have fallen in love with the fruity, tropical and dank qualities found in hops from New Zealand and Australia. At Hermitage, we were delighted to score some rare hops from South Africa: African Queen (also known as J-17). We put these exotic hops into our single hop program to find out more…Turns out they are delicious! Indeed sharing some of those qualities, tropical, citrus, dank, that make Southern Hemisphere hops so favored.