Meyer lemon, boysenberry, spearmint, sassafras, sweet-tart, pineapple. Mesmerizing on the rub, this top-note hop is challenging to capture in your beer, but worth the effort for those who persist.See brewing notes by beer style
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Endless possibilities. Here are a few that are tried and true.
Flavor Tip: New England IPA (Hazy)
Sweet Meyer lemon, pineapple and berry flavors from Meridian are a natural fit for hazy IPAs. Being a “top note” hop, Meridian is a role player in these beers and a great contributor. Be warned- you might find yourself adding stupid amounts to the dry hop…
Flavor Tip: West Coast IPA
Meridian has found a home in many successful West Coast IPAs by adding a mix of tropical, berry and citrus fruitiness with a twist of spearmint. Further, this hop has the unique ability to brighten the overall hop bill and enhance the bright, crisp nature of this style.
Flavor Tip: Helles / Pils / Kölsch
Clean, refreshing lager beers showcase Meridian’s ability to make a beer taste better without taking the beer hostage. Minimal resinous hop compounds allow the malt and fermentation character to be enjoyed, with a finishing hint of bright hop fruitiness.
Flavor Tip: Stout / Porter / Dark Ale
Dark roasted malts are the show in these beer styles of course, but Meridian really likes to play with those flavors and give a sweet, tangy fruit finish that makes a good thing even better.
Flavor Tip: Farmhouse / Saison
Meridian pairs very well with Belgian yeast flavors. A sweet-tart, sassafras character and lack of resinous body make for a quaffable Saison or Farmhouse.
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Better lucky than good sometimes. Meridian was an accident of propagation–we thought we were propagating USDA variety Columbia, but ended up with a rogue seedling. The good news–it smelled amazing! Customers showed interest, so after a short trial phase, we launched the new hop as Meridian.
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Spot Ordering vs Contract
From an agricultural standpoint, forward contracts are critical for stabilizing crops. It takes two to three years for a new hop field to mature and produce consistent quality. For brewers, contracting hops is the best way to secure supply and ensure quality via post-harvest selection. But you’re obligated to the hops, and it’s difficult to predict your future ingredient needs in a changing marketplace.
Each brewery must determine how to manage their future supply risks based on their evolving business. We’re happy to be a resource in this area and answer your questions based on what we see going on in the hop industry. Our customers play a key role in helping us plan with growers to ensure consistent hop quality and supply.
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“Bright citrus of lemon and lime, as well as tropical notes, Meridian has so many different layers.”
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