Seattle Beer News points us to two pubs tapping casks of New Belgium Brewing’s Fat Tire amber ale—which, when I was in high school, was the most coveted beer of all. This Thursday, February 10, Mulleady’s Irish Pub is offering a cask of Fat Tire dry-hopped with Centennial hops, the Latona Pub has one with Bravo hops. (Note on Latona: the food rocks.)
What’s dry-hopping? It’s when hops are added to the beer in the cask. Dry-hopping brings on the hops flavor and aroma without more hops bitterness.
What’s the difference between these two casks of beer? Centennial hops are American hops that have been around since the 1970s. (I picture them wearing bell bottoms and attending wife-swap parties). They are characterized by citrus and floral favors and a strong “bittering value.” For some good information on the Bravo hop—a newish hop developed right here in Washington—read this.
I say you try both.