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Kill Your Darlings IPA

IPA  |  6.5% ABV  |  62 IBU

They say killing your darlings is one of the hardest things a writer has to do. And that’s also true for hop farmers. In this day and age of modern craft beer, feedback between the brewer and the farmer sometimes feels like a dog chasing its tail. Brewers want something “new” and “unique”, farmers pull out an old variety and plant a different one, brewers use it for a little then possibly move on, rinse & repeat. It seems simple, but it’s not – it’s labor intensive, adds another unpredictable variable to farming, and involves a whole lotta risk with no guaranteed reward. Where are we going with this? Well, this beer is built around the hop Cashmere (along with a few others). Cashmere is a newer public variety released by the USDA that offers low barriers for any farmer to grow it. And in recent years, it’s garnered the favor of some heavy hitters, like Firestone Walker and Russian River, for its notes of citrus and dark fruit. However, it’s arguably one of the hardest hops to grow and to pick, and yields are often unreliable. And therein lies the future dilemma…