Tropical/Fruit, Berry, Citrus
Delivers a mix of tropical, berry, and citrus fruitiness with a hint of spearmint.
New US hop from Indie Hops –
In 2011, we attempted to revive the variety “Columbia,” a full sister to Willamette. Not widely grown, we thought this overlooked variety might find favor with craft brewers, so planted a field. The first harvest (2012) brought us hops that clearly were not in the aroma/flavor genre of Columbia, and genetic testing confirmed this. Turns out the plant material we propagated from was of unknown origin and had taken over hills thought to be Columbia. The good news is, this unknown hop carried alluring brewing qualities, yet we knew nothing about it! A “trial” phase was in order. Despite brewer interest, we had to contain the hop while evaluating for disease resistance and consistent character. By 2015 we were convinced of the hop’s stability and began to expand under the trade name Meridian.
Meridian delivers a mix of tropical, berry, and citrus fruitiness with a hint of spearmint. A “top note” hop, nice in a saison, wit, or farmhouse, it can also be combined with more aggressive hops in IPAs to brighten the overall impression of the beer.
Be sure to let us know how your brews go with this new variety.