Oh baby. IPA's have got a brand new bag. Juicy IPAs have thrown off the mantle of the palate-punching bitter taste profiles of the past and are now moving to a pillowy, fruity, tropical vibe. "Juicy" hop varieties like Mandarina Bavaria, Zeus and Mosaic give these hazy, sunset-orange IPAs their new, softer flavors. Some breweries are even trying their hand at adding actual juice to their brew. Samuel Adam's new "Rebel Juiced" features straight up mango juice!
- Hot Heat
The chili beer
has a checkered past but we're hoping this trend brings it to a new, tasty
level. While chili beers have often been relegated to homebrewers chucking hot
peppers into their recipes, these new recipes incorporate heat into a variety
of brews. Think spicy, chocolatey stouts to create a mole-like effect or cream
ales flavored with jalapenos.
What's their appeal? Breweries love them because they don't have to deal with unwashed glass growlers or customers who complain their beer went flat. Customers love them for basically the same reasons. Buy a crowler at your local brewery, they fill it and seal it right there. There's no risk of beer gone bad if you can't drink it in the next five days.
- Sweet Sour
We love this
cool trend (or shall we say sour trend?). Breweries are now adding yummy Lactobacillus
bacteria to their cooled wort before it gets boiled and fermented to produce
sours. What are Lactobacillus bacteria? Look no further than that tub of yogurt
in the fridge. This gut-friendly bacterium causes what's called 'kettle
souring', and is a quicker, easier and safer way to making sours than
introducing wild yeast strains. Currently, there are very few year-round sours
available on the shelves but we're thinking that's going
to change soon.