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West Coast vs New England IPA

In the ultimate battle for IPA global appreciation, the West Coast and New England would be the Star Wars and Avengers of the beer world. One, a classic game-changer that has paved the way for many of the styles we see today. The other, a younger breed that’s bringing in a whole new audience of beer aficionados.

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New Hop Products on the Block

Hop producers around the globe are hearing us shout our love of hops to the heavens and are coming up with new, innovative ways to give us what we want. And what we want is more beautiful aromatic oils and bittering alpha acids found in the hop bud that fills our senses and brings us joy.

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Mythbusters: 1000 IBU

Now, you would think you could just chuck a ton of hops in the boil and get a ton of isomerized alpha acids in return, and just keep adding hops to get your beer’s IBU’s up to the stratosphere? Well, it’s not that simple.

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The 'Terroir' Discussion

If you’ve ever sipped a glass of wine, you’ve probably heard of terroir.  It’s a word used so much in the wine world that it almost belongs to it. One day, roughly a year ago, I decided to drop the term into a conversation I was having with a more advanced wine fiend.  Through ‘terroir’ I was trying to describe, strictly, the soil of the vineyard. The wine fiend’s response threw me, ‘I’d be careful with that word’ he said. Our conversation diverted from the wine in hand to the concept of terroir, a concept with so many schools of thought it gets overwhelming and makes it hard for one to nail down.  To some it is the life force...

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