Dry Hop Concept

I have not been blown away by the Hop Freshener series from Lost Abbey which debuted this year. They are meant to distill the hop experience but I have found each beer to not really showcase the two adjectives on each bottle.

Now comes the release of the Hop Concept IPAs which is all about the dry hopping and their first beer out of the gate is Huell Melon and Blanc. Maybe the slide down to IPA from DIPA will help and not hinder the hop presence.


Clausthaler must have read my blog.  I have bemoaned the gluten-free and non-alcoholic options that seem to have refused to hop over any flavors that are off-putting to regular craft beer drinkers with dry hopping.

Now if I can find a bottle to try, I will review how the mighty Cascade hop makes N-A taste.

Dry hopping saison

How could Saison Dupont get better?
“After 5 years of making Belgians extremely happy with their special seasonal release a dry-hop version of SAISON DUPONT, Vanberg & DeWulf and Brasserie Dupont are now able to make American drinkers equally happy. Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping 2013 will be available this May only featuring the famous TRISKEL hop varietal from Alsace.

Triskel is bred from the French Strissespalt and English Yeoman hops. Dupont’s master brewer Oliver Dedeycker describes it as “combining the aromatic notes, mainly floral, of Strisselspalt with the fruity character of Yeoman.” The unusual name, Triskel, was apparently inspired by triskelion, the symbol of the Gauls, those beer drinking ancestors of the French, which represents the three elements: Earth, Air and Water.”

Oh, that’s how.