Trio of Dips - United Kingdom
Charles Faram Farms / West Midlands, UK
Alpha Acids: 3.9%
Townend Hop Farm | Ledbury, Herefordshire
In the next instalment of our Experimental Series, we’ve investigated the impact of terroir, internationally. As with ‘Sheer Terroir’ and ‘Fashionably Punctual’, we're delving into the tangible effect that terroir has on the final beer; specifically, in this case, on the hops.
We've brewed up a batch of West Coast IPA and split it 3 ways, dry-hopping each with Cascade hops that have been grown in 3 different countries around the world. As a matter of fact, each of these three countries are on different continents, ensuring a vast distance between the farm locations. ‘Trio of Dips’ is a 3-part foray into Cascade; grown in New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
It goes without saying that each of these farms will experience notably different climates and conditions, not to mention soil and seasons. On top of that, how does distance and isolation play a role in the development of a hop over time? Does the plant make subtle adaptations to better suit the local conditions? Could that fundamentally change the character of the hop?