Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: LupoMax


Three years ago, John I. Haas, Inc., a hops supplier and innovator based in the Yakima Valley, introduced its latest breakthrough in hop-forward brewing innovation, LupoMax. Backed by the John I. Haas Sensory Plus process, which combines sensory-based hop selection with advanced technical analysis and proprietary manufacturing process, LupoMax adds an invaluable solution to optimize hop flavors while reducing beer loss. The reduced vegetative matter of LupoMax pellets means less beer loss, less solid waste, and more beer to enjoy. The process offers a clean hop flavor and can be added at any stage in the brewing process, but it shines where flavor intensity and reducing beer loss matter most, such as dry hopping where the aroma shines. LupoMax beers have a noticeably fresher hop presence in the aroma and flavor. Today, Peaks & Pints presents an in-house flight of beer brewed with LupoMax — a flight we call Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: LupoMax.

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: LupoMax

Holy Mountain Gravemaker

7% ABV, can

Holy Mountain Brewing had a good time with Cerveceria Transpeninsular in Ensanada, Baja California. They brewed. They roof-topped. They paddle boarded. The “Slouper-Sized It,” solidifying a new friendship brought together by GrainMaker. They collaborated on Gravemaker West Coast IPA, which brewed especially for the Grainmaker Festival using Cold Stream Buzz Pale and Steffi Pilsner malt and a touch of malted oats. Hopped intensely with Azacca, Mosaic Lupomax, and Eclipse, this IPA is dangerously easy to drink, with a super soft pallet, and loads of tropical fruits and melon.

Lumberbeard Thunderskunk

7% ABV, can

Bret Gordon left the University of Colorado with a degree in Economics and a passion for craft beer. He continued into the finance world, probably sipping an Avery Brewing beer here and there.  It didn’t take long for him to realize that being at a desk was not for him and he wanted to become a professional brewer. That passion led him and his family to California where he went back to school to earn a Professional Brewing Certificate at the University of San Diego. He swore he would never go back to school, but beer will make you do some crazy things. From there, Gordon worked as a professional brewer for several years at SoCal breweries, including The Bruery. In 2018, Gordon and his family traveled north to Spokane and opened Lumberbeard Brewing, a 20-barrel brewhouse on the east end of downtown. A collaboration with Varietal Beer, Thunderskunk is a hazy IPA is built on a grist of LINC Malt Genie Pils and Elwha River Spelt then heavily hopped with Galaxy, Strata, Southern Passion, Cashmere Lupomax, and Mosaic for dank and tropical notes.

Kings & Daughters Stolen Seeds

7.1% ABV, can

This drinkable juicy IPA feels like a New England style IPA and a West Coast IPA had a July wedding and everyone is invited. Aside from a higher-than-normal ABV for Kings & Daughters, Hollingbery Mosaic, Simcoe Cryo, El Dorado Incognito, HBC 586 LupoMax, Mosaic LupoMax, WVH Galaxy, and YCH HBC 472 hops produce over-ripe fruit and berry notes, followed by pine-y, dank and cedar wood that finishes nice and dry, with a semi-hazy, orange marmalade color.

Mirage Pump Cover

8.2% ABV, can

Michael Dempster opened his own production brewery, Mirage Beer, in the Seattle South Park neighborhood in November 2017. After countless 16-hour workdays logging hundreds of miles a week between him and his father gathering ingredients, canning, and moving product and brewing, Dempster is finally in the process of opening a permanent location in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. In the meantime, perfectionist and workaholic Dempster continues to throw ungodly amounts of hops at hazy beers, including Pump Cover, a soft, hazy double IPA brewed with Citra and Citra Incognito and double dry hopped with more Citra, Riwaka and McKenzie Lupomax for grapefruit, lemon, nectarine, and melon on the nose, followed by dankness and just enough back-end bitterness.

Beer Zombies It Had To Be Clowns

8.6% ABV, can

A self-described beer geek, Chris Jacobs grew up near Chico, California, home to the craft brewing pioneer Sierra Nevada. After moving to Las Vegas in 1995 and overseeing various craft beer programs, he shifted gears to go all in on creating Beer Zombies — his own brand that now encompasses a contract brew, craft beer bottle shops in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, a future brewery in the works, and the annual Beer Zombies Festival. The monthly Beer Zombies releases are contract brewed by California-based Mason Ale Works. His It Had To Be Clowns is a collaboration with Burley Oak Brewing in Maryland. This hazy double IPA is packed full of Citra Lupomax, Galaxy, and El Dorado hops for heavy citrus with some juicy pineapple and passionfruit.

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