Terroir Local Fresh Hop AleSeasonal (Oct/Nov)
Style: Fresh or Wet Hop Ale
In cooperation with Crooked Yard and Montana Craft Malt, we are excited to present our 2022 Terroir Local Fresh Hop Ale. Montana gown and malted pilsner malt lays the foundation and backbone of this one-off brew. Then over 240 pounds of local, Gallatin Valley hops are added to create the very unique flavor and aroma that can only be accomplished using fresh or “wet” hops once a year in the fall.
Terroir (/Tear wahr/) was originally a French term in wine and coffee used to denote the special characteristics that geography bestowed upon them. It can be loosely translated as “a sense of place,” which is embodied in certain qualities, and the sum of the effects that the local environment has had on the manufacture of a product. Soil type, geology, aspect, altitude, and cultivation are a few elements that have influenced the hops used to make this unique brew.
Hops or Humulus lupulus, which are a climbing vine, provide beer with its bitterness and pleasant aroma. Like other herbs, they are typically dried to preserve their qualities for many months. If however, those hops are used fresh or “wet” within a very short time after harvesting, they lend a unique flavor and aroma to the beer; a taste that can only be achieved once a year around the fall harvest.