Corey here again! Let's talk about some weird words and terms.
The folks upstairs wanted a blog about buzzwords in the industry. Most of these revolve around hops, so I'll focus mainly on those. There's a whole bucketful of hops on the market nowadays, and a few ways to lump them together when talking about them.
Dank: This is one of the more classic hop groupings. Piney, resinous, and earthy, these hops resemble their herbaceous cousin that you may have been familiar with in college. (We're all adults here, I'm talking about the devil's lettuce). [Descriptive Text] (if you remember it!) was the most dank beer we've done at Brokerage, and it was heavily hopped with Comet. Other dank nugs include Simcoe (the OG dank), Columbus, and Chinook.
Juicy: These guys are almost the exact opposite of the dank boys. Huge bursts of passion fruit, guava, and pineapple erupt from these newer varietals of hops. Lemur Juice is packed to the brim with Mosaic and Citra, two of the heaviest juicy hitters. Other American varietals include Azacca, El Dorado, and Amarillo.
New World: These are hops that aren't necessarily grown in the US that have become in vogue. Traditionally, Germany (2nd largest hop grower behind the US) grew hops that went well in traditional lagers. Nowadays, both Germany and the Southern Hemisphere have been growing fruit forward varietals highly sought after for forward thinking hoppy beer. Both Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin (grown in Australia and New Zealand, respectively) are considered the holy grail of hops right now, and I got super lucky to get a shipment of each and put them in some of our more fun beers (Lemurnaut for Galaxy, 3's a Brutastic Number for Nelson). Germany's Hallertauer Blanc was a brilliant finishing hop for The Shifty.
DDH: This stands for double dry hopped. Depending on who you talk to, this can either mean the brewer dry hopped a beer twice, or they used twice as many hops to dry hop with. I'm in the latter camp. Technically, all of our New England IPAs are double dry hopped, so I tend to stick with using DDH when I put the whole dump truck full of hops into the beer as opposed to half the dump truck.
Are you into dank nugs, or are you more of a juicehead? Let me know next time you're around.
Corey Patterson, Lead Brewer, Brokerage Brewing