Schell’s to release new Fresh Hop series this fall

NEW?ULM – The August Schell Brewing Co., the second-oldest family-owned brewery in the country, brewer of Schell’s and Grain Belt, will release a new Fresh Hop series this fall.

Last fall, the August Schell Brewing Company released Fresh Hop Citra Pils as part of its Stag Series. Due to the popularity of this beer and the fun had by the Schell’s crew when making it, a decision was made to release a fresh hop beer variety annually as a limited seasonal offering.

The Schell’s Fresh Hop Pilsner Series beers will be made each year during prime hop harvesting season. Fresh hops don’t survive long after being cut, so they are picked, shipped and quickly added to the kettle, preserving the aromatic oils and resins that add so much flavor to the beer. This beer is best when consumed fresh and must be refrigerated.

The 2013 Fresh Hop beer will be a pilsner that is single hopped with the new Mosaic hop variety. This hop gives off an abundant mix of flavors and aromas to the beer, hence the name Mosaic. Its characteristics are found to be floral, tropical, fruity, earthy and sweet. It can contribute notes of blueberry, mango, lemon, lime, other citrus, pine, fruit punch, herbs, spice, stone fruit, mint, bubblegum and black pepper.

Schell’s Fresh Hop will be a very limited brew, yielding 100 barrels. The beer will be packaged in 6 packs and 1/6 barrel kegs.

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