Haze Craze

Haze Craze

Hazy IPAs, maybe you’ve heard of them? 10 years ago, no one had. Now you can’t walk your dog, go to the grocery store, or go to your favorite pub without them popping up like the Jack Nicholson scene in The Shining, “Here’s Hazy!”. But a tastier version of course…

Seemingly gone are the days of boasting about clarity.  One would fancy themselves an expert brewer if they could read their “Untappd” account through the glass.  While this is still a skill that is desired in some styles, not in the latest craze of IPAs; Hazy IPAs.  Back in the days of old, anything but crystal-clear IPAs were considered flawed. A hazy beer would have been indicative of a recipe that had too much protein in the malt bill, underperforming yeast, or a brewer that rushed the beer to the masses, so they didn’t let the yeast properly flocculate. Not anymore, not since renegade breweries on the east coast decided to step away from the BJCP style guidelines and create something new. They utilize techniques that intentionally leave the finished beer hazy and looking like the orange juice that you put in your mimosas during Sunday brunch… Mmm brunch.  Anyway, these IPAs have swept the west coast, and much to the chagrin of many west coast, die hard, purists, they don’t seem to be going anywhere.  Here at Co Hop, we love beverages of all shapes, sizes, colors, and haze levels.  We are proud to carry hazy IPAs among tons of other styles.  Keep an eye out for Absolution brewing’s Floc Ness Monster Hazy DIPA, although limited, this one won’t be quite as difficult to find as Nessie herself.

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