John I. Haas, Inc., sponsored the Fourth World Beer Sommelier Championship in Sao Paulo at the 2015 Brasil Brau event. The event consisted of 50 sommeliers, selected from thousands of professionals in regional and national championships. Simonmattia Riva is the 2015 World Beer Sommelier Champion and won a trip to attend the 2015 Hops Academy in Yakima, WA at John I. Haas’ Innovations Brewery. Dr. Elisabeth Wiesen of Joh. Barth und Sohn, got to know Riva a little better. To read the full interview, click here.
Distinction is the aim for brewers these days, and the newer Australian hop varieties are providing it in a big way. Oskar Blues, brewing in the USA out of Colorado and North Carolina, has released their “Oskar Blues IPA” showcasing a number of Aussie flavor hops developed from the Hop Products Australia (HPA) breeding program. As part of the Barth-Haas Group, HPA has had great success in developing amazing hops and garnering world-wide attention. The variety Galaxy™, has been a huge hit, but as Oskar Blues can attest to, other exciting up-and-comers are Enigma™, Vic Secret™, Ella™, and Topaz™ – all grown in the Australian hop-growing regions of Tasmania and Victoria.
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Chris Cramer shares the story behind Mosaic Session Ale, now one of Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s most successful and popular beers. The beer’s development began in 2012, when the Hop Breeding Company—a consortium of hop farmers and John I. Haas up in Yakima—developed a new variety called HBC369. They wanted to share the new hop with a select group of brewers and wanted to see how the brewers would use it. Karl Strauss was one of the select few breweries that got to play with HBC369, but only with tiny little bits of it. “Our brewers were immediately intrigued by it,” Chris recalls. “It was so distinctly aromatic. It had such incredible grapefruit, tropical fruit, passion fruit, and peach aromas to it. It was citrusy and crisp, and it was an unusual hop in that you could use it for both aromatics and for bittering.” So, in 2013, the brewers at Karl Strauss gave the growers an order to send as much HBC369 as they could.
Bruce and Derek Wolf supply local and international hops to Oregon brewers. “We don’t grow the hops,” Bruce explains. “But we would bleed green, if you cut us.” The Wolfs are distributors, working with Haas International and local growers, to provide pelletized and whole-leaf hops to brewers.