From the HBD Archive
From: (Dick Dunn)
Subject: Re: Bitter beer
Date: 1992-06-16 00:54:19 GMT (John Bergquist) suggests:

> I haven't had the pleasure of trying Geary's, but the hoppiest domestic
> beers I've tasted are from Grant's in Yakima, WA. I think I read a claim
> that their Imperial Stout is the hoppiest beer in America...

Perhaps surprisingly, Grant actually reduced the hops in his beers just a
bit from the early days. Bert Grant worked in the hops trade (I don't
recall just what he did) before he started brewing commercially. The man
*really* likes hops. I still remember the first time he brought his beer
to the Great American Beer Festival--the India Pale Ale (which is supposed
to be a hoppy style anyway) was overwhelming. It *was* good, though.

I wonder if Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale was counted in that "hoppiest
beer in America" comparison. (Maybe not, because it's seasonal.) It's
certainly been one of the hoppiest beers I've had over the years.

> ...Samuel Adams Boston Lager, which is as hoppy as
> anything you're likely to find in general distribution.

It's hard to draw the line for "general distribution" though. The growth
in the numbers of people who like substantial beer has been enough that
Anchor and Sierra Nevada are almost common...and they're quite a step up
from SA in hops content.
Dick Dunn -or- raven!rcd Boulder, Colorado
...The way to meet an impossible circumstance is with voluntary craziness.

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