My favorite part of the brewing process (beside drinking the beer) has got to be the hop addition. Gripping a handful of whole hop flowers or pellets, and smelling the bright, citrusy, floral buds when you’re tossing them into steaming wort is an experience than really makes me appreciate the whole process.
Many people define the types of beers they like or dislike according to the hop profile, but besides knowing that an IPA is hoppy and a Brown Ale is not - most people have no clue how hops ultimately effect a beer’s finished product. Bull & Bush Brewery here in Denver is doing something that puts beer drinkers in the drivers seat and allows them to dry hop their own beer table-side.
They’re calling it Whole Hop Infusion, and it’s basically beer served in a french press with crumbled Cascade, Chinook, or Cyrstal hop cones. The hops come from Jack Rabbit Hill farms on the Western Slope of Colorado. Dry hopping a beer for a minute to 10 minutes can drastically change the taste.