Tag Archives: hops

Sixpoint Resin

7 Feb

sixpoint resin ipa can

It was about one year ago when Sixpoint Craft Ales began releasing their four year-round beers in cans, and they’ve recently announced a new addition to the core lineup, Resin.  Named after the resinous buildup in hop cones when they reach maturity, this Imperial IPA of 9.1% ABV and 103 IBU starts with a strong hop bite which then gives way to a caramel back and a finish of pine.

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Bridgeport IPA

30 Dec

Bridgeport IPA

Weighing in at a relatively low 5.5% ABV and 50 IBUs, Bridgeport India Pale Ale ($8) is a beer that defines what a balanced IPA should be.  Brewed with 5 hop varieties, this beer has a citrusy floral overtone with just the right amount of malt back to provide a very full flavor that doesn’t leave your tongue dry with bitterness.  One taste proves it’s obvious the brewers at Bridgeport set out to create a delicious beer with balance being the number one priority.  Winner of 9 awards in beer competitions across the globe (the most recent being a silver medal at the Australian International Beer Awards in 2011), Bridgeport IPA will most likely make its way to the top-10 of any hop head who appreciates a beer that isn’t simply bitter for bitterness’ sake.

A Case for Labeling

26 Nov

Beer Labels

The label sets the expectation

It’s a step in the brewing process that is often overlooked even though I believe it contributes to the quality of a homebrew just as much as any ingredient in the beer (except hops or malt or any ingredient that actually goes into the beer).  The label is what sets the expectation for the entire drinking experience.  A bottle with an interesting and unique label will be much more remembered than that 2nd IPA you brewed last February without a name in a nondescript brown bottle and handing out a nicely labeled beer is a satisfying, enjoyable gift.  I believe in labeling every beer I make, not only for others, but it helps me remember each specific beer much more vividly.  A great resource I use is a website called BeerLabelizer.com.  It’s a great starting point for a nice looking label plus it’s always fun to add some personal touches as you can see in 2 of my labels above.  So consider this a recommendation to not skip that final step, it’s a great way to increase the quality of your beer.  Prost!

-Travis Neufeld

The Dangers of Hops to Your Pets

26 Nov

hop dog bad

Though rare, hop reactions can be fatal

There is somewhat of a mystery to whether or not hops are bad for pets.  With very little data available on the topic (only one veterinary journal article has ever been published) most pet owners are ignorant of the dangers that this all-important ingredient can pose, yet many homebrewers have hops around the house for brewing or may even grow their own in their back yard.  We here at Brewing and Beer love our hops, but we also love our dogs, so continue reading to educate yourself on the dangers hops can present to your pets.

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