One Hop Harvest: Three Unique Beers

The hop season is a pretty romantic time for a beer lover. Watching the bines shoot through the earth, spiral toward the sky and grow heavy with fragrant hops—it’s enough to make us wax poetic, and no time is quite as celebrated as harvest.

At our Chico brewery, our homegrown hop field gives us a front-row seat to the season and provides the base of our Estate IPA (More on that later.). We watch patiently until the August harvest fills the air with the smell of hops. We live for this stuff.

September 30, 2015 - 2:03pm

Hop Hunter Makes Harvest Year Round

This month, we’re preparing to launch an all-new IPA into our year-round beer lineup: Hop Hunter IPA.

To our knowledge, Hop Hunter is the first beer to feature wet hop flavor year round. This intensely aromatic IPA features pure hop oil, steam distilled in the field from wet hops minutes after harvest. This hop oil contributes a powerful wet hop aroma into the beer, available for the first time outside of the harvest season.

January 23, 2015 - 7:44am

Wild Hops of the West

It’s amazing what you might find hiding in your backyard, if only you take the time to look. The newest and most exciting hop working its way into our next beer didn’t come from Europe and it wasn’t from the new breeding cooperative; it was here all along, just waiting to be tried.

November 14, 2014 - 8:31am

Fostering the Equinox Hop

Hops are a hot commodity. With the meteoric rise of IPAs and other hop-forward beer styles, the entire craft beer community is crazy about hops—specifically, new hop varietals with unique flavors and aromas.

One of the newest varietals making waves among brewers is the Equinox hop, so new it just received a name this past April—prior to that, it was known only by a number: HBC 366 Varietal.

July 22, 2014 - 12:54pm

Drying Hops Is A Careful Dance

A sea of hop popcorn, that’s what it looks like. A beer lover’s ball pit, perhaps.

For a place that’s oppressively hot, a hop-drying facility, or kiln, manages to be rather beautiful. Often football fields in length, the room brims with a beer ingredient we craft brewers cherish, and if there are skylights, majestic sunshine cascades in to make one big hop halo.

It’s a delicate beauty, though. A misstep in the kiln “is probably the easiest way to mess up a hop batch,” said Tom Nielsen, our in-house raw ingredients guru.

November 13, 2013 - 12:17pm

Our Glass Collaboration Serves IPA Anew

The dynamic aromas and flavors of craft beer shine best in proper glassware. A careful pour into the right glass, which differs among beer styles, makes for an ideal drinking experience. We’ve always brewed and loved hop-forward beers, a passion Dogfish Head Brewery shares with us. Together, with the help of world-renowned glass manufacturer Spiegelau, we sought to create an exceptional glass for India Pale Ale.

February 13, 2013 - 10:28am

A Hop Forward Week

“Our dependence on what you guys do is real,” Ken Grossman told the American Hop Convention crowd last Thursday in our Big Room.

Organized by Hop Growers of America, the American Hop Convention is an annual industry meeting that brings together hop growers, merchants and researchers, as well as craft breweries. This was the 57th convention year and the first time it was hosted by a craft brewery—a special chance for us to show our gratitude.

January 31, 2013 - 10:23am