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In January, Tröegs Brewing Company announced that 2014 would see the introduction of three new seasonal brews. Each release would follow the life cycle of the hops strain – Cultivator Helles Bock sprouted onto shelves in the spring, followed by the return of the popular Sunshine Pils as the summer feature. Last month, Tröegs debuted its new fall seasonal: Hop Knife Harvest Ale. Weighing in at 6.2% ABV, this deep amber-colored brew is a perfect autumn treat – its citrus notes beg for summer to hang around, while its earthier tones prove a nice segue to this winter’s release, Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA.
CUTS LIKE A KNIFE
While we’d like to think that Bryan Adams’ “Cuts Like a Knife” was an influencer here, Tröegs instead explains that the “knife” in question refers to the old-school practice of harvesting hops by hand. Tröegs blends the old with the new in brewing Hop Knife Harvest Ale, however, utilizing its snazzy “HopCyclone” technology, in which a specially designed dispersion tube spins the hops and helps dissolve the pelletized hops for a more robust hops character.
As U.S. craft beer sales continue to climb, it’s become clear that American drinkers love their IPAs. Though craft beer accounts for less than 10 percent of the beer sales market, it uses more than half of the hops production. While no shortage has been officially declared, the mere possibility should be reason enough to get your IPA fix while you can.
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