Worthy Brewing

Month: September 2017

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Worthy Launches Strata IPA in 22 oz Bottles

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:55:00

BEND, OR. – September 20, 2017 – This week, Worthy Brewing began bottling Strata IPA, the award-winning beer that features the new, multi-layered aroma hop created by Oregon State University and Indie Hops.

“This is a proud day for Worthy, as well as for all the scientists, students, farmers and brewers who helped select, cultivate and polish Strata, formerly known as X-331,” said Roger Worthington, owner of Worthy Brewing. “Corvallis has been a Garden of Hop Eden for decades and we’re happy to see OSU add another buzzworthy hop to its trophy cabinet.”

Strata IPA has it all. From terra firma, it has notes of pineapple and watermelon, with a whiff of herbal dankness. From the jungle canopy, the citrusy flavor of mango and passion fruit. And from the outer rim, delightful hints of peaches and pine.

After launching as a draft-only offering earlier this year, Strata IPA has racked up several awards, including a gold medal at the Oregon Beer Awards in the hoppy sessionable ale category.  At 6.5% ABV and 60 IBU, Strata IPA is an amazingly well-balanced beer with a unique, “terpelicious” aroma.

Dustin Kellner, Brewmaster at Worthy Brewing states: “Getting access to this hop during its “X” phase was exciting for our brew team. We brewed four different pilot batches trying to find how best to capture its unique flavor and aroma and I love what the team came up with. Strata is a brewery favorite.”

Worthy is packaging Strata IPA in 22 oz bottles which will be available in retail outlets throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and select regions in Northern California.

As more of the hop is available after next year’s harvest, in late 2018 Worthy intends to package Strata IPA in cans.  With a high oil content and 12-14% alpha acid profile, Strata has been acclaimed as a “one-stop shop-hop.”

​Tell us what you think.

Drink up. Dream on.

Rgw
9/20/17

Terpelicious!

Hop Daddies.  
Big day for Indie Hops. Jim Solberg and Matt Sage. Not pictured: X-331 Hop Meister Dr. Shaun Townsend from Oregon State University.

Aroma Hops Breeding Program develops, grows new Strata Hop

The Daily Barometer
By: Keana Pigg Practicum – Nov 6, 2017​OSU partners with Indie Hops to introduce sensory-complex IPA craft beer.The award-winning hop, known as Strata for its layered skunky resinous aroma, has been in the Oregon State University Hops Breeding pipeline since early 2009 and now has brewers, craft beer lovers and distributors waiting for more of it.

OSU’s Aroma Hops Breeding Program contributes to the university’s recognition of being the state’s largest public research institution and is close to releasing its first hop variety this winter.The Aroma Hops Breeding Program, directed by Dr. Shaun Townsend, assistant professor, senior research of crop and soil science, is a breeding program for hops, a commodity principally used in the beer-brewing process, according to Townsend.

“The main goal of the breeding program is to develop new aroma hop varieties that are desired by the craft beer industry and suited to Oregon growing conditions,” Townsend said via email. “The Aroma Hops Breeding Program is a partnership between Indie Hops and OSU.”

According to Townsend, Indie Hops is an Oregon-based hops merchant that serves the craft beer industry.

Principal owners of Indie Hops, Roger Worthington and Jim Solberg, both grew up in Corvallis. After years of working in asbestos litigation and as a Nike executive, respectively, the two old friends decided to get into the hops business in 2008, according to Worthington.

Click here to read the full article

 X-331 Hop Meister Dr. Shaun Townsend

X-Hop beers on tap at Worthy Brewing

The Bulletin
By: Jon Abernathy – Dec. 7, 2017 ​Worthy Brewing Co. continues to provide one of the more interesting brewery destinations in the region. Beyond the brewery, pub and beer garden, visitors are treated to the sights of growing hops (in the summer), the greenhouse and Garden Club, and, completed this year, the domed observatory. At its core, however, Worthy is still about the beer, and this year the brewery has been bustling with several notable projects.

The brewery showcased a new hop variety, Strata, with the release of the eponymously named Strata IPA early in the year. Worthy has a special connection to the development of this hop, as owner Roger Worthington also owns hop supplier Indie Hops. Indie Hops collaborates with Oregon State University’s hop breeding program to develop new strains of hops.​Click here to read the full article

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2017 Hop Crop Report: Strata is Strong!

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 18:55:00

Just in from our partners at Coleman and Goschie Farms in the Valley: Strata has been harvested, plucked, dried, conditioned and baled. The quality is stratospheric and the yields are strong!

This is great news. It means that we’ll have plenty of terpelicious hops to continue to advance our Strata IPA draft program. In addition, we’ll soon be introducing Strata IPA as a seasonal release in a 22 oz bottle.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the Strata story.

In a nutshell, Strata (formerly known as X-331) is an open pollinated German born Perle hop that was growing in a backyard in Corvallis. We spotted it in 2008 or so and began breeding with it in 2009. Our friends a Oregon State put it through the disease and pest gauntlet and the strongest plant was propagated and planted out in experimental and eventually commercial yards near Silverton and Independence, Oregon.

Along the way, Worthy and several other brewers nationwide began brewing with this pungent little beauty and discovering all sorts of interesting aromas and flavors. The first time Worthy launched Strata IPA in early 2017 we won a gold medal at the Oregon Beer Awards.

Planted, Pollinated, Discovered, bred, tortured, selected, grown, harvested, milled and brewed in Oregon! Many thanks to our friends at Oregon State University, Indie Hops, Coleman and Goschie Farms, all the brewers nationwide that have pilot brewed with Strata, and of course all of our customers who have made the gold medal worthy Strata IPA the most popular beer at Worthy Brewing’s pub here on the Eastside of Bend.

For more about Strata’s history, agronomics, oil profile (why does it smell like pot?), terpelicious flavor profile (grapefruit, passion fruit, pine, and more), please watch this video  “Chasing Flavor” by clicking on the image below.

Worthy will be bottling Strata IPA for release in October. In the meantime, we will continue to offer Strata IPA on draft at bars and restaurants throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Strata – your one stop shop hop.

Strata IPA – a many-layered IPA with a distinct Oregon-centric terpiffically tasteworthy flavor.

Enjoy!

RGW
9/5/17