Let’s back up before the original Waldos collaboration brew, and even before the Saint Patrick’s Day Massacre bust of 2005, and keep going to even before humans were beings, about 25 million years ago (this is after dinosaurs y’all, so just so we’re all together, it goes: dinosaurs, weed, hops, humans then Twinkies).Read story
AN IPA-INSPIRED BEVERAGE
So, here’s the scoop on Hoppy Refresher’s birth story: Back in the wild days of 2018, our Brewing team got, like, super experimental bro. While diving deep into crafting our annual Waldos Special Ale, they felt the need for a non-alcoholic refreshment to keep their cool amidst all those high-octane brews. Armed with hop knowledge galore, they conjured up the sparkling delight we call Hoppy Refresher.
It’s a fresh take on an old tradition… An IPA-inspired refreshment that’s zero-alcohol, zero-carbohydrate, and zero-calorie, made using everything we know about hops. It’s chock-full of Citra, Equinox, and Centennial hops, as well as some natural flavors and a pinch brewer’s yeast to biotransform-ate the hops to just the right flavor.
What is biotransformation? Brewmonster Jeremy Marshall put it best: “Yeast biotransforms the existing hop terpenes into more desirable terpenes. You need yeast to liberate the hop flavors, and that’s the most important thing that we know from making IPAs, and we leveraged it in making Hoppy Refresher.” Whatever that means…
So what about Hoppy Refresher? Jeremy Marshall describes it as “refreshing on its own… it fills that “Oh, I want to have an IPA, but it’s 9:30 in the morning and I’m out of IPAs’ kind of thing.”
Try Hoppy Refresher on its own for a beer-like tasting experience (without the alcohol, of course), or mix it with your favorite spirit to add a hoppy zing to your cocktail game! Jeremy says, “Think of it like a club soda… with soul. Lots of soul. Like Rick James and James Brown. Rick Brown.”
It’s a variation on a theme of 25 years of edgy brewing at the edge of brewing, and it inspired a whole new beverage league…Cheers to that!
And if you’re wondering…
And Gluten-Free AF!