SweetWater Brewing Co. has released a brand new spring seasonal, Hash Session IPA, hitting shelves beginning February 8. This marks the brewery’s third craft beer release using hop hash, and their first session IPA. SweetWater is one of the only breweries in the nation using hop hash, the concentrated resin that’s left after hops are run through the pelletizer. (Check the video and then the infographic below for more details on this process.)
“We’ve wanted to brew a session IPA for a long time, and access to hop hash finally allowed us to deliver one in true SweetWater style,” says Nick Nock, head brewer.
The star of the show here is the Amarillo hop hash – the brewers kept the malt bill light to allow the concentrated hop flavor to shine through, differentiating it from other session IPAs. Pungent with floral, tropical citrus fruit flavors; the hop hash gives it that one of a kind chewy, gooey, resiny mouthfeel. As the chaser, SweetWater gave it a hefty dry hop to enhance the potent aromas. Ahtanum gives it orange and grapefruit tones, Crystal for a little kick of spiciness, and El Dorado bringing some pear and watermelon characteristics.
The ABV at 4.2% makes it a highly drinkable, refreshing brew, perfect for springtime.
Malts: Maris Otter, Pilsner, Wheat, Midnight Wheat
Hops: Bravo, Amarillo Hash
Available in 6-pack bottles, plus bottles and cans in the spring SweetWater Tackle Box; distribution begins on February 8 to all 18 states (and DC) where SweetWater is sold.
ABOUT SWEETWATER BREWING CO.
SweetWater Brewing Company is an Atlanta-based craft brewery living by the motto “Don’t Float the Mainstream!” The award-winning lineup of year-round brews includes SweetWater 420, IPA, Take Two Pils, Hop Hash, Blue, and Georgia Brown. SweetWater also features a Catch and Release series of seasonal beers, an experimental, one-time-only Dank Tank series, and progressive, barrel-aged styles in the Cork & Cage series. SweetWater Brewery – located at 195 Ottley Drive in Atlanta – is open for tours every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. For more information about SweetWater Brewing Company, please visit www.sweetwaterbrew.com. Follow SweetWater Brewing Company on Twitter/ Instagram @sweetwaterbrew, or become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/sweetwaterbrew.