Side Yard: A wet-hopped New England style IPA from Bell’s Brewery

Side Yard: A wet-hopped New England style IPA from Bell’s Brewery


– Side Yard is sort of the integration of a couple of different
hop forward styles of beer. One being a fresh hop, or a wet hop, ale. Some people call it a harvest ale. And the other being a
New England, or hazy IPA. This is brand new
territory for the brewery. We are driving super fresh beer down to the general store to be sold. – We’re standing in the
middle of our hop yard. This is our third harvest
season in the hop yard here. And this is the first time
that we’re gonna be brewing a specific beer with these hops, with our estate hops. In the spring, right away, weed control is probably one of the biggest things. From hanging ropes to
we gotta train the hops, get ’em up on the ropes and
then a boatload of monitoring. Still, a bunch of effort goes
in to getting them all off, off the rope. Pull them all day. Get ’em on trailers. Get ’em brought over to
the processing facility where they’ll go into the harvester. And all the cones will get plucked off. And then brought back here. – We’re gonna pick the hops. The hops get picked. The day they get picked is when
we start brewing this beer. So in this beer, I think
it’s really interesting that we’re gonna be using
fresh, wet cone hops picked right out of our field. We’re gonna be using dried cone hops as part of the dry hop. And a number of pellets as well. So we’re really celebrating
the hop in this beer in all of it’s forms. We will be utilizing the hops that we grow in our own hop field for this beer. And we’re gonna be using those in a couple of different ways. One of the ways in which we
use them will be fresh hop, or wet hop addition to the beer. And the other way we’ll be, we’re actually gonna
dry some of these hops and dry hop with kiln dried
cones from the yard as well. The way we’re doing this, it is pretty complicated. And it is truly going to
be a collaborative effort of the entire brewery. There’s a huge logistics
and supply chain piece to this whole thing. We are really driving on
freshness with this beer. We are so excited to sort of
impart the character of hops that maybe our brewery
hasn’t showcased before. And then get that
character packaged in a can and down to our general
store as quickly as possible so that people can enjoy
the beer that we made. Every morning I drive through here and on my left hand side,
I see this hop yard. And with my personal love
of this raw material, it’s awesome to think about the fact that these hops are grown right here by my peers and co-workers, my friends, people that I love, and that this is gonna end up in our beer. (folk music)

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