by Jeff Dietzman
According to an article in Popular Science Craft Beer is annihilating the hop supply.
The Reinheitsgebot, or German Purity Law, states that the only ingredients legally allowed in true beer are malted barley, hops, water and yeast.
So, no hops no beer, right? Continue reading
by Brian Wall
As you may have guessed, I enjoy a good IPA. The hop flavor bursts in a strong, bitter flavor and just completely assaults the taste buds in a way that ensures you are not only alive but enjoying something that demonstrates a history of beer making. Hops were used for flavoring but more importantly, they were used for their natural preservative qualities. The fact that they give a strong piney scent to beer is just an added plus to the enjoyment.
When home brewing, I look forward to opening of the hop package because it allows me the ability to breathe in deeply of all that scent. It cascades through the nose and imparts memories of pine forests after a strong rainfall. While this may not be the same experience that you have for hops, there is no denying that the scent is something to be experienced. Flavor and scent do vary depending on the hop variety and this fact is taken fully advantage of by beer makers around the world. Continue reading