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    Meridian

    BREWING PROFILE

    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.

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    Salmon-Safe

    95% of our hops are certified Salmon-Safe, reducing watershed impacts and protecting our wildlife.

     

    BREWING NOTES BY BEER STYLE

    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.

    Fresh flavor for your brew!

    PELLET PACKS
    Type 90 Pellets
    5 kg /11 lbs ; 10 kg /22 lbs ; and 20 kg /44 lbs
    Nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils
    WHOLE CONE HOPS
    Full 200 lb bales (synthetic woven covers)
    50 lb - ¼ bales in nitrogen flushed vacuum-sealed foils
    12 lb - Mini bales in nitrogen flushed vacuum-sealed foils

    Chemistry

    Alpha Acid
    5 - 6.5%
    Beta Acid
    7 - 8%
    Cohumulone
    50.1%
    Total Oil
    1.1 - 1.6mls/100grams
    Myrcene
    40 - 64.4%
    Humulene
    9 - 17.6%
    Caryophyllene
    4 - 8.%
    Farnesene
    <1%

    ORIGINS

    Meridian

    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.

    Lupulin Nebulas and Star Formation. A New Hop is Born.

    Watch the Film

    More than two million pounds of Strata were harvested from the 2021 crop. Watch the film to learn how we made this ten year "overnight" success happen.
     

    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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    Kevin Shaw

    “The people.” For Kevin Shaw, Director of Brewery Operations at Buoy Beer, these two words define the heart and soul of the craft beer movement.

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