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Drying Hops Is A Careful Dance

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A sea of hop popcorn, that's what it looks like. A beer lover's ball pit, perhaps. For a place that's oppressively hot, a hop-drying facility, or kiln, manages to be rather beautiful. Often football fields in length, the room brims with a beer ingredient we craft brewers cherish, and if there are skylights, majestic sunshine cascades in to make one big hop halo. It's a delicate beauty, though. A misstep...

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Wild Hops in Whitmore

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With empty onion sacks tied to our belts, we dove into the thicket and thorns. We'd have to wrestle nature for these wild hops. Our team was in Whitmore, a town about two hours north of our Chico home. A gentleman from Whitmore, Randy—the former postmaster— had recently taken a tour of our brewery. Before leaving, he handed over a note. The gist: There's a hop haul to be had....

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Hop Selection 2013

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"Should we start with Cascade?" It's fitting that our founder, Ken Grossman, would make that suggestion while in Yakima, Washington, earlier this month for hop selection. He's been smitten with whole-cone Cascade hops since first taking in their grapefruit and pine aromas in the late '70s. (They're the staple of our flagship Pale Ale.) Back then, when Sierra Nevada was but a young idea in his mind, Ken couldn't afford...

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