Fall is the best time for hoppy beers

The Hoppiest of times is here!

October is the hoppiest month of the year – the month to celebrate for everyone who enjoys pale ales, IPAs, double IPAs, and any beer that shares in the glory of hops.

Why is October a month for hoppy beer?

Late September/ early October is hop harvest in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. These three Pacific Northwest states are the heaviest hop-producing states in the United States. Hop farmers in these states are forecast to produce 106 million pounds of hops in 2019 – over 75% of the American hop yield. Hops are only harvested in these states once each year, and the crop is dried, pelletized, and processed to be usable for the rest of the year.

October is when the hops are the freshest and at their peak.  Each October, a unique style of IPA becomes possible, and several brewers take advantage of hop harvest to make a wet-hopped IPA.

A bunch of green hops on a tree

Wet-hopped IPAs are unique and made during hop harvest because timing is crucial.  In order to be considered a “wet-hopped” IPA, hops are added to boiling wort within 24 hours of being picked.  This is not an easy feat for a brewery down the road from a hop farm, let alone one across the country.  Wet-hopped beers are also challenging to put through a typical brewing system.  Since they have not been dried or pelletized, it is common for hop particulate material to separate from the plant during the brewing process, requiring extended cleaning times and special procedures while brewing.

Why go through all of the trouble, then?  Well, the resulting beer is unlike any other beer experience available – hoppy or otherwise. The amount of oil and hop essence released when brewing with fresh hops is different than the same beer brewed with traditionally packaged hops.

In other words, for many breweries, wet-hopped beers are labors of love.

Check out these labors of love, and experience for yourself the joys of a hoppy October.

Wet-hopped beers:

Lagunitas Born Yesterday Wet Hop Pale Ale

 

 

Lagunitas Born Yesterday (7.2% ABV) – The brewers at Lagunitas are located in Petaluma, California – just down the highway from hop country. Born Yesterday is Lagunitas’s version of a pale ale, but instead of traditional hops, they add “wet, lupulin-drenched, un-kilned, whole-cone, fresh-picked-and-rushed-straight-from-Yakima hops for your immaculate reception. This Un-Freakin-Filtered, wetter-than-wet beer has 11lbs-per-barrel of Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic and Indigenous Catawampus.”

 

 

 

 

 

Swamp Head Brewery Gainesville Green LabelSwamp Head Brewery Gainesville Green (7.0% ABV) – For over five years now, Gainesville’s Swamp Head Brewery has made this fresh-hop IPA with a different strain of hops each year. No one outside of the brewery knows what version of this beer will appear each year – what strain of hops? Which state will the hops originate? Will the beer be a traditional IPA or a hazy IPA?  While the brewery seems to savor the suspense, the beer never disappoints.

 

2019 Terrapin Beer So Fresh and So Green Green Wet Hop IPA

 

 

 

Terrapin Beer Company So Fresh and So Green Green (5.2% ABV) – Athens, Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Company has been making this wet-hopped beer as an IPA for ten years now. Like Swamp Head, Terrapin has been using a different hop(s) each year. 2019 is no different – the brewery announced that So Fresh will be made this year using Zuper Saazer hops from Michigan. Give it a try and see what flavors these new hops give the beer.

 

 

 

 

Fresh-hopped beer
After wet-hopped beer, another type of beer that expresses the freshness of newly picked hops is a fresh-hopped beer (usually an IPA).  Fresh-hopped beer is a beer (almost always an IPA) that is brewed only with hops that have been picked in the October harvest.  While the hops have been kilned, dried, and pelletized, being used quickly after picking ensures that the beer gives off aromas and flavors of the hoppiest time of the year.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2019

 

 

 

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (6.8% ABV) – Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale has been one of the few American IPAs released for the holidays ever since 1981.  While many brewers release stouts and spiced beers, Sierra Nevada takes the hops from the October harvest and uses them while they’re at their peak freshness.  Celebration Ale’s holiday release is the gift that hoppy beer enthusiasts want (and get) year after year.

 

 

 

 

Intense beer
When talking about hoppy beer, no discussion is complete without mention of Dogfish Head’s IPAs.  120 Minute IPA has been a standard of hoppy beer for over 15 years and it is one of the few IPAs that can be cellared for years.

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

 

 

 

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (15-20% ABV) – No, it’s not a wet-hopped beer or even a fresh-hopped beer, but Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA has been pushing the boundaries of hoppy beer since it was first brewed in 2003.  Brewed to test the boundaries of continual hopping, a technique developed by Dogfish Head, 120 Minute IPA is meant to be sipped slowly over the course of an evening since it contains such a monumental hop and alcohol presence.  For all those lovers of extremely hoppy beer, 120 Minute’s release has been circled on the calendar for a while.

Celebrate the culture of Mexico with a few Cinco de Mayo beers

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May in English, has become a day to celebrate Mexican culture with food, drink, and a gathering of friends. But what exactly does this holiday celebrate and how did German- and Austrian-inspired beers get to be brewed in Mexico?

What is Cinco de Mayo?

From History.com: “During the French-Mexican War, in 1862, a poorly supplied and outnumbered Mexican army under General Ignacio Zaragoza defeats a French army attempting to capture Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. Victory at the Battle of Puebla represented a great moral victory for the Mexican government, symbolizing the country’s ability to defend its sovereignty against threat by a powerful foreign nation.

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In Mexico, 6,000 French troops set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles. Juarez rounded up a rag-tag force of loyal men and sent them to Puebla. Led by Texas-born General Zaragoza, the 2,000 Mexicans prepared for the French assault. On the fifth of May, 1862, Lorencez drew his army before the city of Puebla and began their assault from the north. The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers to the fewer than 100 Mexicans killed.”

After the battle, the Mexican Army gained a significant moral victory that inspired American soldiers fighting in the Civil War and helped the Mexicans endure long enough to eventually win the war after the withdrawal of France from Mexico, six years later.

Cinco de Mayo is often mistakenly thought of as Mexican Independence Day, but in the United States, it is a day to celebrate Mexican culture, especially food and drink.

Cinco de Mayo Beers – History

The most popular beers imported from Mexico today are all heavily influenced by the German and Austrian brewing traditions.  Ironically, the same European influence that caused the Battle of Puebla also caused German and Austrian brewers to come to Mexico to start brewing beer.

According to Garrett Oliver’s Oxford Companion to Beer, Mexican beer gets its start during the reign of Maximilian I, the Austrian-born emperor appointed by Napoleon III of France.  After the French invaded Mexico, brewers relocated to the country in order to serve the European population.  These brewers had knowledge and training of Old World traditions, and so they brewed the beers that they knew best.  German light lagers in combination with the hot Mexican climate made these beers event more popular and their popularity continues through today.  Beers with LimeWhile Corona and Corona Light are the most popular Mexican imported beers, the brewers that came to Mexico in the 19th century also brought recipes for Vienna lager from their home countries.  These lagers are called “dark” beer since they maintain a darker color than the light lagers.  These Vienna-style lagers also give a plethora of food-pairing options during Cinco de Mayo, as their darker malts will pair well with earthy dishes like molé poblanos and carne asada – giving earthy chocolate and roasted meats a playmate during this festive holiday.

See chef Rick Bayless (winner of Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters and owner of Frontera restaurant at Disney Springs) talk about how he uses Modelo Negra in his cuisine.

 

 

Cinco de Mayo Events

There are a plethora of Cinco de Mayo events happening from Brooksville to Gainesville, from Lake City to Tallahassee – check out our Events Page to find a few!

Cinco de Mayo Beers

While many beers pair well with Mexican food and particularly spicy Mexican foods, a few beers rise to the top of the pack when it comes to Mexican culture.

Modelo Negra 12oz

 

Modelo Negra (5.3% ABV): One of the beers that may seem strange to include with a list of beers that go well with Mexican foods, never underestimate the power of a dark lager in a Mexican fiesta. Modelo Negra has some toasted malts and a nice carbonation that will clean the palate and refresh it especially in the face of darker meats, like beef, that will challenge a lighter beer. Try Modelo Negra with molé poblanos or a chocolate dessert to see how versatile this beer really is. Modelo Negra also has the power to stand up to spicy foods (more so than its cousin Corona or lighter beers) because the beer’s dark malts will help soften the impact of capsaicin spice.

Coppertail Brewing Free Dive IPA

 

Coppertail Brewing Free Dive IPA (5.9% ABV):  While an IPA is certainly not a traditional Mexican beer,  Coppertail Brewing has come up with a hop profile for this beer that makes it the perfect companion to Mexican dishes.  Free Dive IPA is on the lighter side of this hoppy beer style, clocking in at only 5.9%ABV.  The white grapefruit and citrus character of Free Dive make it dance with fish tacos and sing with guacamole – don’t believe us?  Try it for yourself.

 

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Agave Lime

 

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Lime & Agave (4.5% ABV): One of Sierra Nevada’s newest year-round offerings that has taken ideas from several cultures and made it uniquely theirs. Otra Vez is made in the style of a German gose, so it will carry some wheat flavors and some tartness.  Lime and agave are then added to make this beer a margarita-like refresher. Pair Otra Vez with arroz con pollo or fresh goat cheese for an added fiesta of flavor.

 

Dogfish Head Brewery’s SeaQuench Ale (4.9% ABV): Made in a style typical of Dogfish Head, this beer is a hybrid of several different types of beer with the kind of off-centered ingredients that the Delaware brewery loves. A mildly tart ale, SeaQuench Ale is a blend of a light Kolsch, a salty gose, and a tart Berliner weiss and is made with the addition of sea salt, coriander, and black limes. Try a SeaQuench with chicken fajitas or even chips and a light queso fresco for  a salty, tart start to any meal.

 

 

In the spirit of unexpected victories this month, hop on over to our Beer Finder and find out where to find your favorite beer or a few other choices for pairing them with the tasty and piquant dishes of the U.S.’s southernmost neighbor.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! No matter which beers come to the party, please enjoy responsibly (and with friends).

Laissez les bon temps rouler this Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday is upon us again, and our teammates are going to be around Ocala, Gainesville, and Tallahassee spreading Mardi Gras cheer for Fat Tuesday tomorrow!

Tomorrow, March 5th, 2019, is Fat Tuesday – the traditional day before 40 days of fasting in the Catholic season of Lent.  In the past, Mardi Gras was a way to get all of the partying out before repenting around Easter time. Whatever your reason for celebrating, we will have the spirit and the beer of New Orleans Mardi Gras with us!

Look for our account managers out on the prowl tomorrow, tapping some kegs of Abita, Louisiana’s finest craft beer in the spirit of Mardi Gras!  Will there be beads? Of course, there will be beads!  Will there be beer, New Orleans-inspired food and the “good time” spirit of a Cajun holiday?  Come, see for yourself, and taste the history in every sip!

Our teammates will be out and about tomorrow evening pouring some fine Abita ales and lagers at the following locations across Ocala, Gainesville, and Tallahassee:

Abita Brewing Company Flag for Mardi Gras

Brick City Lodge Ocala (36 South Magnolia Avenue Ocala) – we will be featuring Abita Mardi Gras Bock, Abita Strawberry Lager, and Abita Grapefruit Honey on draft with Abita’s classic Purple Haze in bottles.

Harry’s Ocala (24 SE 1st Avenue Ocala) –  we’ll be pouring up some classic Abita Amber.

Kelly’s Half Shell Pub Crystal River (390 North Suncoast Boulevard) – we’ll be pouring up some Abita Mardi Gras Bock.

World of Beer Brownwood in the Villages (2751 West Torch Lake Drive The Villages) –  we’ll be pouring up some Abita Amber, Mardi Gras Bock, and Strawberry Lager.

Harry’s Tallahassee (301 South Bronough Street Tallahassee) – we’ll be tapping some Abita Purple Haze.

Coosh’s Woodward (6267 Old Water Oak Road Tallahassee) – we’ll be serving up Abita Purple Haze, Amber, Strawberry Lager, and Mardi Gras Bock.

*Find a Team Cone rep and MENTION this post and get your set of Mardi Gras beads!* It won’t just be beads that we’re serving up, but you’ll have to come and see us to find out all of the details!

We will have some other surprises at each place, so stop by for some food and beer and  Laissez les bon temps rouler!

 

Abita Brewing MardiGrasBock

 

 

Share some special beers on Open That Bottle Day

Open That Bottle Day was created, according to the Wall Street Journal, as a day for wine lovers to drink the bottles that they are saving for the perfect moment, a special occasion, or just never got around to drinking.  That holiday is especially relevant for beer lovers also, since many beer enthusiasts cellar beers that they can enjoy at a later date.  The problem with life is that it continues to happen, despite any beer lover’s best intentions, so oftentimes bottles are left to mature past their prime and that perfect occasion never happens.

Beer can be cellared

It may come as a surprise, but beer can be aged and many beers age gracefully developing additional character as time passes.  NOT ALL BEERS ARE IDEAL FOR CELLARING, and aside from some unique Belgian lambics, there are almost no beers that can be aged indefinitely.

Which beers are ideal for cellaring

Beers that are ideal for cellaring are those that have a higher alcohol content and/or ones that are bottle-conditioned so that the yeast can continue to ferment the beer.  Over the course of months and years, the seal on their bottle allows small amounts of oxygen in.  That oxygen will oxidize the beer and the beer will take on notes of sherry and wet cardboard.  While these flavors seem undesirable, the changes add to the profile of the beer and the end result is a beer that is quite different from its younger self.

Like wine, each beer has its own threshold for aging and if aged too long, it will be “past its prime” meaning the flavors will be tainted by oxidation and a shadow of their former selves.  Cellared beer should be aged in a cool, dark area that has consistent temperatures (specifically an area that does not get too warm).  Warm temperatures can encourage oxidation and make beer age more quickly than it would normally under consistent temperatures.

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPASierra Nevada Bigfoot BarleywineOne of the prime cellar candidates is Dogfish Head Brewery‘s 120 Minute IPA.  120 Minute IPA has a high alcohol content and a large number of hops.  Both of those aspects together will allow the beer to change over time.  120 Minute IPA will continue to age for many years, in fact, the brewery has been known to pour 120 Minute IPA that is up to 10 years old at the brewery.  The enjoyment of beer is different for everyone, so the flavor of 120 IPA with a few years on it may be just what the doctor ordered to mellow out the hops and let the immense amount of malt shine through.

Another prime candidate for cellaring is Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Bigfoot Barleywine.  When this malty monster comes out every year, it is young and immensely hoppy.  With time, the hops fade and the malt character begins to shine through.  With more years, the hops will continue to mellow until they are a small part of the malt profile and the beer’s malt profile mixes with the sherry notes from oxidation.  While it is still Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot, it does not have the same features that it started with.

 

Take care on “Open That Bottle Day”

That bottle that you open on “Open That Bottle Day” does not have to be one from the deep recesses of the cellar – it can be that bottle at the local bottle shop that always looked interesting.

Whichever bottle gets the honor, Open That Bottle Day is best enjoyed with friends.

 

Suggestions for Open That Bottle Day:

Infinite Ale Works West Floridian

 

 

Infinite Ale Works West Floridian Quadruple: Ocala’s Infinite Ale Works has made a name for itself making unique Belgian-inspired ales from their Marion County home.  This quadruple won big in 2018’s Best Florida Beer Competition and continues to turn heads around the state. Keep an eye on this beer, as its 10.5% alcohol content can sneak up quickly.  Available in 500mL bottle four pack, West Floridian’s unique character loves the company of friends.

 

 

Swamp Head Brewery Barrel-Aged 10-10-10

 

 

Swamp Head Brewery’s Barrel-Aged 10-10-10 Imperial IPA: Gainesville’s original craft brewery began aging their locally loved 10-10-10 Imperial IPA in bourbon barrels many moons ago, and sometimes the beer can be very bourbon-forward when the beer is fresh.  There is nothing wrong with bourbon-forward, but a few months or a year or two can change the profile of the beer with a little sherry character.

 

Samuel Adams Utopias Bottle

 

Samuel Adams Utopias: One of the most unique beers available, Samuel Adams Utopias is only made and available every two years.  This beer is a blend of many ales that have been aged in spirit barrels and it presents itself more like a fine spirit than a beer.  Utopias is one of the few beers that can be resealed and enjoyed later, as it does not have any carbonation.  Any who have tried this beer can say for certain that they have never had any beer like it.  Best savored among friends, Utopias also carries a hefty alcohol content (28%) from all that contact with spirit barrels.

Come try a Red Bull Coconut Berry – now available all year

Last summer’s Red Bull Coconut Berry was such a crowd pleaser that it’s coming back again and this time it’s here to stay!  February will see Coconut Berry launching cans across Team Cone’s distribution footprint and to celebrate, we’re throwing launch parties to celebrate!

Come check out Red Bull Coconut Berry at one or more of these parties:

 

Red Bull White Edition Coconut Berry in TallahasseeRed Bull Coconut Berry Rum and Coconut

Come spice it up a bit with world-class chicken wings and a Coconut Berry at:

Monday Launch Party at Island Wing Company Grill & Bar 
1370 Market Street in Tallahassee
Monday, February 4th Starting at 7pm

Come shoot some pool and enjoy Coconut Berry in a delicious rum cocktail at:

Tuesday Launch Party at Corner Pocket Bar & Grill
2475 Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee
February 5th Starting at 7pm

 

 

Red Bull White Edition Coconut Berry Can

 

 

Come enjoy a premium cigar with friends or simply get some extra energy at:

Wednesday Launch Party at Suite 306
3131 Southwest College Road in Ocala
February 6th  Starting at 5pm

Come sip a Coconut Berry and enjoy the breezes off of the Rainbow River at:

TGIF! Launch Party at Swampy’s Bar & Grille
19773 East Pennsylvania Ave in Dunnellon
February 8th Starting at 6pm

 

 

 

Red Bull Coconut Berry – giving you the same wings with the flavor of coconut and berry you’ll love!

Team Cone Human Resources Department helps fill over 5,000 meals for Ocala charity

On Tuesday, December 18th, Team Cone Human Resources Department along with professionals from the Ocala Human Resource Management Association held their annual Christmas luncheon at Team Cone’s hospitality room.  The point of this luncheon was not to simply celebrate the year’s successes but to feed those in need in the community.

 

Together, the human resources professionals teamed up with The Pack Shack organization were able to fill 5,265 meals of cheesy rice and vegetables for donation to and distribution by Brother’s Keeper of Ocala.

 

“This event was a great opportunity to live our company Core Value of Giving Back With Caring,” said Team Cone H.R. Director J.J. Jarrell. “This event was a fun way to come together with the H.R. community in Ocala and give of our time.  We had fun and we did something to help our neighbors.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ocala Human Resource Management Association

About OHRMA
The Ocala Human Resource Management Association is a nonprofit organization of human resource professionals from the Marion County community. Affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management, an international organization of more than 180,000, OHRMA provides the information you need to make today’s decisions and to formulate and implement effective Human Resource Management programs. OHRMA helps expand professional competence, keeps members informed of federal and state legislative actions, and maintains standards of excellence in the Human Resource Management field.

 

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About Cone Distributing
Founded by Douglas P. Cone, Jr. in 1985, Cone Distributing (Team Cone) began business with selling five brands of beer in four rural counties. Less than two years later, the company began expanding territory and suppliers and has not stopped since, building the largest geographic footprint in the state for a Florida beer distributor. Today Team Cone sells beer from over 40 suppliers in 22 Florida counties from a state-of-the-art facility in Ocala and a facility in Tallahassee. Cone Distributing’s goal is to operate a World Class company, distinguishing itself by doing the Right Thing the Right Way All the Time.

Team Cone’s 2019 Christmas Giveaway is here: Maple Bacon Christmas

Last year, Team Cone gave away some really special items to our community for Christmas 2018.

Holly Leaves

Santa has really been loving his breakfast this year, though.

Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

In his newfound love for all things breakfast, Santa has rather enjoyed Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha Brewery, and he had a new idea – what better way to enjoy this beer than at the brewery fresh from the source???   It’s time for MAPLE BACON CHRISTMAS 2018!

In that spirit, Santa wants to see how much everyone enjoys the beers from his friends at Funky Buddha Brewery!  To enter for a chance to win a trip to Funky Buddha Brewery for Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Day on January 12th, 2019, all you have to do is post a picture of you and your favorite Funky Buddha beer between now and December 23rd!  Every unique post on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM with the hashtag #maplebaconchristmas2018 between now and December 23rd will be considered an entry – limit one per person per day!  On Christmas Eve, while Santa is getting ready for his worldwide work, we will announce the winner of the sweepstakes.  The winner can then come to our office and pick up what he or she has won!

WHAT COULD YOU WIN??

TWO (2) VIP Tickets to Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Festival
TWO (2) nights lodging in Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Friday and Saturday
TWO (2) cases of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter (included with ticket)

Santa loves Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

The winner will be chosen randomly FROM TWITTER OR INSTAGRAM, so the more UNIQUE posts you make, the better your chances to win!  Just REMEMBER to have your privacy settings set to allow others to see your posts and tag each daily post with the hashtag #maplebaconchristmas2018.

Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Christmas 2018

 

Happy Holidays, Happy Posting, and GOOD LUCK!

Want to learn more about Funky Buddha Brewery? Click here.

Want more info on Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Day? Click here.

Dogfish Head Brewery: Why are your IPAs numbered?

In our recent interview with Dogfish Head Brewery founder Sam Calagione, Sam discussed how his idea for continual hopping in the India Pale Ale (IPA) style of beer helped put the brewery on the map and establish Dogfish Head’s reputation as an innovative brewery.

Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione
Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione

What’s in a number, anyway?

While conventional wisdom says a brewer should add hops to an IPA at specific intervals while wort is boiling, Sam decided to tinker.  Sam grew an idea one day after watching a cooking show. On the show, the chef added pepper to a soup a little at a time, instead of one large addition.  Sam decided to test this idea and instead of adding all of the hops to his IPA in one massive dose, Sam tried hopping the wort continuously while it boiled.  He Macgyvered up a vibrating football game and a bucket of hops so that while the beer boiled, it received continuous doses of hops, hoping that the finished beer would have all of the aroma and bitterness that beer drinkers want from an IPA.  When the first batch of 90 Minute IPA premiered at the brewpub, Sam remembers that “continual hopping provided a beautiful balance to our Imperial IPA – allowing us to add a foolhardy amount of hops throughout the boil without making 90 Minute crushingly bitter.”

Once 90 Minute IPA was established, a shorter hopping schedule was established, and 60 Minute IPA was born.  Once a lighter IPA was born, the crew at Dogfish set about making the strongest IPA in the world.

 

60:90:120 Color
Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA, and 120 Minute IPA (from left to right).

 

How many hops can a beer hold?

The brewery dubbed 120 Minute IPA ‘the holy grail for hopheads’ and the beer’s reputation grew from there.  “120 Minute started off at 20% alcohol, but we’ve dialed it in now to come in right about 18% alcohol. We’ve found over the last 7-8 years that is where its balance is best,” Sam says.  “Unlike bigger beers that drink like a liquor, 120 Minute still drinks like a beer. Our huge beers are meant to drink more like beers – they’re carbonated like a beer, they just have way more flavor, complexity, and hoppiness.  We sell the beer in single-serve bottles, but it’s best when split between two people or drank over the course of an evening,” Sam admits.

 

It’s been a minute, but 75 Minute IPA is coming back

After 120 Minute IPA was well established, the crew at Dogfish Head noticed that taproom co-workers were creating a new beer, calling a blend of 60 Minute IPA and 90 Minute IPA “75 Minute IPA.”  The brewery then made a cask-conditioned version and released it back in 2011.  The brewery has decided to bring back this iteration of IPA with an addition of maple syrup for the 2018 holidays.

 

Pick up one of these packs today and see just how hoppy the holidays can be!

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

 

60 Minute IPA (6.0% ABV): It’s hard being the sequel, unless you wrote the original story. Inspired by the continual hopping process we invented with 90 Minute IPA, 60 Minute builds on that one-of-a-kind process and flavor, crafting a solid gold hit that’s found its own identity.  Brewed using a boatload of intense Northwest hops, we boil this continually hopped IPA for a full 60 minutes, adding more than 60 hop additions continuously to create a bold and timeless flavor. Continually hopped to deliver a pungently, citrusy, grassy hop flavor without being crushingly bitter, 60 Minute IPA is a surprisingly sessionable IPA for the craft enthusiast

 

 

Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA

 

 

75 Minute IPA (7.5% ABV): Now in our latest iteration, this classic IPA is again brewed with maple syrup from Sam’s family farm in Massachusetts, while being continually hopped throughout the boil, and then dry-hopped with a slew of cascade hops. The result is a malty and earthy brew with citrusy-pine aromas, balanced by subtle maple notes.

 

 

 

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

 

 

90 Minute IPA (9.0% ABV): The brainchild of Sam Calagione’s continual hopping innovation, the process provided a beautiful balance to this Imperial IPA – allowing the addition of a foolhardy amount of hops throughout the boil without making 90 Minute crushingly bitter. With rich pine and fruity citrus hop aromas and a strong malt backbone, 90 Minute IPA created pungent, unapologetic flavor that led Esquire to call it “perhaps the best IPA in America.”

 

 

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

 

 

120 Minute IPA (15-20% ABV):  120 Minute IPA is continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and then dry-hopped with another pallet of hops. Unfiltered and abundantly hoppy, it’s the Holy Grail for hopheads! We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles — some to enjoy and some to age.

 

60, 75, 90, or 120?  Try one or all to see what your favorite hopping number is!  Head over to our Beer Finder to see where these packs can be found near you!