Today we examine the craft style phenomenon which seems to be highly divisive, Hazy or New England IPAs. You either love ’em or hate ’em!
We assembled a panel of local expert brewers from the Chicagoland area who join Phil ‘The Brit’ Clark to examine this relatively new style. They include my co-host Chuck Fort, Sr. Brewing Consultant at Church Street Brewing, head brewer Eric Bramwell from Riverlands Brewing, and Steve Kamp from Evil Horse Brewing.
We dive into what the style is, the differences between NEIPA and West Coast IPAs, what hops are used, how the boil process goes, and we even talk about hop and pint pricing and how the costs are rising these days, and also if you should add lactose or not. All this and more as The Brit gets educated in an effort to get a better appreciation for the style.
Of course we drinking some brews, and these are:
- The Brit and Chuck – Hazy Little Thing, New England/Hazy, 6.7% ABV, Sierra Nevada Brewing
- Eric – Dean Street IPA, New England/Hazy, 6.8% ABV, Riverlands Brewing Company
- Steve – Sgt. Reckless, , 5.5% ABV, Evil Horse Brewing
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