Beer School Hop Pack
This Beer-School pack of single hop India Pale Ales has been created to offer beer drinkers the chance to identify the unique characteristics of each hop variety, we call it beer’d-ucation!
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Bridge Road Brewers located in Beechworth, Victoria, have a strong relationship with one of Australia’s few remaining hop gardens, Rostrevor. This garden is located in the nearby Ovens Valley and has a long history of hop production in North East Victoria. Our brewery is a proud advocate of Australian hops, and promote the continued development of new and unique varieties. Each of the four beers in this pack use the same malt recipe, and have the same alcohol percentage, it is the Hop Variety that is different in each beer. This Beer-School pack of single hop India Pale Ales has been created to offer beer drinkers the chance to identify the unique characteristics of each hop variety, we call it beer’d-ucation!
Hops are the female flowers of the hop plant, Humulus lupulus. They are used to provide aroma and flavour in beer, are also responsible for bitterness, and, act as a natural preservative. The first documented use of hops in beer as a flavoring agent is from the 11th century, although there is evidence to suggest they were used much earlier than this. Generally hops are used in two ways WHEN brewing, for bittering & for aroma & flavour. Bittering hops are added in the brewing process during the boil. The bitterness imparted by hops, bitterness is usually measured in International Bitterness Units (IBUs). Hops added after the boil are considered aroma hops, although any type of hop can be used for bittering or aroma. Aroma hops are typically added later to prevent the evaporation of the essential oils, of which about 250 have been identified. The aroma hops in our beers are often added after the wort has cooled and while the beer ferments, a technique known as “dry hopping”. Flavours and aromas are described using terms which include “grassy”, “floral”, “citrus”, “spicy”, “piney”, “lemony”, “grapefruit”, and “earthy”. Hop Products Australia have provided the flavour spectrum below to highlight the characteristics of the hops used in this pack.