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New, single-hop beer: Jex-Blake Mosaic IPA

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New, single-hop beer: Jex-Blake Mosaic IPA

We’ve got a new beer coming out this weekend in mini cask and on draught for take-aways from our taproom. It’s a 5.6% single-hop IPA, a luscious, golden beer with juicy, tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango, and pine and citrus flavours, thanks to the Mosaic® hops we’ve used. Sometimes called “Citra on Steroids” Mosaic is a patented variety invented by the Hop Breeding Company (who are also responsible for renowned varieties such as Citra and Simcoe). It is also a relatively young hop variety, having been released in 2012. Since then, its success has been pretty spectacular and...

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Lockdown Blog #5: Hops

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Lockdown Blog #5: Hops

Hops. We’ve become a bit obsessed with the hops we’re growing in pots outside the office windows, just nicknamed “Spud and Renton” by one of our customers. But though we’re loving seeing the plants grow – sometimes by as much as three centimetres a day - this variety is not what most people think of as the ‘real’ deal. It's a specially-bred, dwarf or hedgerow variety called "Prima Donna" that we’re growing in our beer garden primarily for decoration and shade, though we will definitely try brewing with it once mature, because this tiny hop apparently packs a big flavour punch (rich, citrus character, flavours of orange peel and...

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