Talking beer with an former apprentice recently, Lazy Boy Brewing owner and head brewer Shawn Loring was intrigued by what he heard.
“You need to brew with Strata hops,” said Kyle Jefferson, who apprenticed under Loring before opening his own brewery, Puebla Vida Brewing, in Tucson, Arizona. “They’re all the rage.”
That was all Loring needed to hear. Loring ordered up some of the newly released hops and got to work creating a new hazy IPA for the Everett brewery. With mostly late addition Strata hops and a few El Dorado, Lazy Boy’s Strata Hazy IPA is a big, fruity punch to the taste buds.
“I think it’s one of the better beers we’ve made in a while,” Loring said. “It’s got this big tangerine flavor, along with pineapple, apricot and other tropical flavors.”
Strata hops are the result of a partnership between Oregon State University and Indie Hops, a Portland, Oregon-based hop cooperative. The two started the Oregon State Aroma Hop Breeding Program in Corvallis, Oregon, and last year released Strata, the first hop from the collaboration to be sold commercially.
Described as “passion fruit meets pot,” Strata has notes of strawberry, passion fruit and grapefruit, mixing supposedly with notes of “wafting cannabis.” To be honest, likely because of the overwhelming tropical notes brought out by the style, I didn’t get too much dankness from Lazy Boys’ Strata Hazy IPA.
There are lots of changes happening at Lazy Boy. First, assistant brewer Ty Lindquist, who has been at Lazy Boy for seven years, recently accepted a job as a lead brewer for No-Li Brewing in Spokane. Lazy Boy will hold a going-away party for Lindquist on Jan. 31.
In Lindquist’s place, Loring said they’re hiring Isaac Hatter as an assistant brewer. Hatter spent eight years brewing for Naked City Brewery, which recently closed its doors after 10 years of operations.
More big news: Lazy Boy has plans to increase distribution of its cans, including across the Pacific Ocean. Loring said Lazy Boy will be exporting kegs and cans of beer to South Korea this summer. Closer to home, the brewery will bring in a mobile canning line to get four packs of pint cans out to more customers.
Middleton ‘Sells Out’: Geoff Middleton, owner and head brewer at Everett’s Middleton Brewing, is rolling out a new series of IPAs this year in his “Sell Out Series.” The first beer in the series, Hoppin on the Bandwagon, is an over-the-top hopped triple IPA made with Cascade, Zythos and Citra hops and tangerines.
Not the biggest IPA fan, Middleton said Hoppin’ on the Bandwagon is “brewed with sadness that can only originate from the inevitability of selling out to the IPA craze.”
Middleton will host a pre-release at Toggle’s Bottleshop on Jan. 30 and a can release at the brewery on Jan. 31. The full release, including drafts of growler fills and pints, is Feb. 1.
Look for more “Sell Out” IPAs in the coming months.
LSB’s patio opens: Lake Stevens Brewing recently unveiled its new patio space at its location along Grade Road near downtown Lake Stevens. The patio was recently green-lit by the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board and includes lighting, fire pit and heat lamps (much needed this time of year) and, of course, beer.
Vitamin E IPA, Skookum Brewery: IPA brewed with malted spelt, Skagit Valley Malting unmalted spelt and Enigma hops, giving it notes of pineapple, citrus and mango. Available on tap at the brewery.
Triple Rainbow, Foggy Noggin Brewing: Foggy Noggin’s Skittles IPA made with even more Skittles, resulting in 10.3 percent ABV, 109 IBU and lots of rainbows. Available on tap at the brewery.
Mount Elbrus Double Brut IPA, Sound to Summit Brewing: Made with Pilsner malt, rice, Ekuanot and Centennial hops and a special enzyme, this brut IPA is dry and effervescent but also full of flavor. As part of Sound to Summit’s 7 Summit Series, Mount Elbrus is named after Russia’s tallest peak. Available on tap at the brewery.
Put-Up-or-Shut-Up Pale, Lost Canoe Brewing: A medium-bodied American-style pale ale made with Citra hops to give it a big citrus flavor and aroma. Available on tap at the brewery.
Strata Hazy IPA
Lazy Boy Brewing, Everett
Style: Hazy IPA
Stats: 7.1 percent ABV
Available: On tap at the brewery
Correction: An earlier version misnamed Lazy Boy’s assistant brewer.
From the brewery: This new hazy IPA is bursting at the seams with flavors of tangerine, mango, apricot and passion fruit.