Brewed by Upright Brewing
We brewed an IPA. No really, we did. But it’s probably not what you’re thinking. Nothing crazy, but we decided to make a traditional English-style IPA. It has half the bitterness and hop charge that some popular west coast or American IPA’s have, but hey, it’s a start. It all sprang from a discussion regarding what yeast strain to use on our upcoming oyster stout. Last year we used a Scottish strain which certainly made for a tasty profile, but nonetheless we were interested in trying something new. Because the oyster stout is of British origin, it made sense to use a yeast along those lines. Luckily, our supplier has one that goes right by that name - "British Ale". I’d used it a couple times in homebrews and enjoyed the overall character, and since we were still waiting on the extra friendly folks at Hama Hama Oyster Company to provide us with the beer’s highlight ingredients, we figured it would be fun to use the yeast on something else in the meantime. The Willamette hops that we got from the 2010 harvest were especially nice, and so it was an easy decision to make the English-style IPA with them as the sole flavor and aroma hop.