Mountain Goat Beer has released an IPA brewed exclusively with Hop Hash, a new product on the Australian market.
A highly resinous by-product of the hop pelletising process, Hop Hash used to be discarded as waste by hop processors.
Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewery pioneered its use in a beer, using Hop Hash from Oregon’s Crosby Hop Farms.
With Crosby leading the way, several hop processors have now made Hop Hash available commercially.
However, it is still a limited and seasonal product, because it can only be scraped off and packed at pelletising time.
Belma and Idaho 7
Through its new relationship with Crosby Hop Farms, Hopco has made Belma Hop Hash and Idaho 7 Hop Hash available in Australia for the first time.
Belma is a relatively new hop variety with characteristics of strawberry, citrus, melon and grapefruit.
Another new hop, Idaho 7 is described as having pine, tropical fruit, citrus, and tea leaf aromas.
Mountain Goat Hashtag IPA is a 6.8 per cent ABV, 74 IBU beer employing Hop Hash from both varieties.
Other breweries including Feral, 4 Pines, Newstead and Young Henrys have also sourced Hop Hash, Hopco’s Jon Burridge told Australian Brews News.
Expect more new beers from these breweries showcasing the product in the coming weeks.
Hashtag launching Friday
Mountain Goat Hashtag IPA will be launched this Friday at Goat Bar in Richmond.
The event will also raise money and awareness for the Yarra Riverkeepers Association, a not-for-profit group that looks after the Melbourne waterways, a vital resource for the city’s breweries.
Available in keg only and in limited numbers, a national launch of the beer will start next week at venues listed below.
Forest Lodge Hotel, Glebe
Village Bicycle, Noosa
Warradale Hotel, Warradale
Crafters Hotel, Crafers
Earl of Leicester Hotel, Parkside
The Alehouse Project, Brunswick East
Hop Temple, Ballarat
Beer Deluxe Hawthorn
Grape & Grain, Moorabbin
Royston Hotel, Richmond
Cherry Tree Hotel, Cremorne
Bob’s Bar / Print Hall – Perth
Dutch Trading Co – Victoria Park