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    Entries in Hops (2)


    Give It A Shot - Hoplark HopTea The Really Hoppy One

    “Gee, but it’s great to be back home!” These are the opening lyrics to the song “Trying to Keep the Customer Satisfied” by Simon and Garfunkel, and it is a sentiment we wholeheartedly agree with. Most of the time it is the actual home you return to after a long day. The place where the people who you care about the most are waiting for you. The place where you can relax, unwind, and just be. Other times, as was the case when we played that song to open up our live-stream last Thursday, home was the tasting room. Due to many varying aspects of life, we had missed a few weeks of hanging out, chatting and sharing some new beverages with you. Fortunately we were able to return to our beverage “home” last week and try something new that was discovered by long time friend of the show Eric. He sent Keith a picture of it a few weeks back and without much surprise, it found its way to the tasting table. The beverage we will be trying for this show is the Really Hoppy One Sparkling Hop Tea from Hoplark. It combines two of our favorite things, hops and tea, and is also carbonated, so needless to say the hops, I mean, hopes, are high for this beverage.  What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Japanese Green Tea IPA & New Hop Varieties

    Just thought I would let everyone know about a couple of things that caught my eye recently on the beer front, both from Stone Brewing.  First their next collaboration beer, a Japanese Green Tea IPA, was made with the help of Bryan Baird of Baird Brewing & Toshi Ishii of Ishii Brewing.  The beer will be dry hopped with Japanese Sencha.  This is a loose, whole-leaf tea that we happen to carry at Arbuckle Coffee and I have had many times.  It will be quite interesting to see how the flavor profile comes through.  Proceeds from the beer will benefit tsunami relief.  Second is a post they put up about some new hops that arrived at the brewery.  They talk a little bit about the flavor profiles of each one and describe how they go about testing their usefulness in future beers.  Click the link below for the full stories... 

    Baird/Ishii/Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

    New Hops Arrive at the Brewery