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CITRAcalifragilistic - Fresh Citra® Hops from Carpenter Ranches!

CITRAcalifragilistic is a Fresh Hop Pale with an extra hoppy dosage of the Yakima Valley. The epic 500-mile round trip journey to Carpenter Ranches in Granger, WA reaped a harvest of extremely resinous and aromatic fresh-off-the-bine Citra hops! CITRAcalifragilistic’s classic light bready malt character unites melodiously with super citrusy and juicy flavors. Enjoy Fresh Hops as its fade is quite velocious, a pint of CITRAcalifragilistic will always make you precocious.

ABOUT CARPENTER RANCHES*
Carpenter Ranches was established in 1868 when Charles Carpenter departed from his hop-growing family in New York and settled in the Ahtanum area of the Yakima Valley, beginning with just a log cabin and an ox cart. As the first hop farm in Washington State east of the Cascade Mountains, Charles helped pioneer what is now the largest hop producing region in the world.

Carpenter Ranches, located in Granger, Washington grows hop varieties such as Mosaic®, Citra®, Palisade®, Simcoe®, Ahtanum™, Pahto™ and Sabro™ on their farms.

Carpenter Ranches, located in Granger, Washington grows hop varieties such as Mosaic®, Citra®, Palisade®, Simcoe®, Ahtanum™, Pahto™ and Sabro™ on their farms.

He transformed a once wilderness area into a hop farm with his own custom-designed irrigation system, hop press, and wood-fueled kiln. Six generations later, the Carpenter family maintains Charles’ same innovative and creative spirit. With a strong focus on ingenuity and sustainability, they thrive within a “built not bought” mentality, utilizing all of their own resources whenever possible to operate and expand the farm.

As a partner in Yakima Chief Ranches and Hop Breeding Company, the Carpenters are driven by the growing demand for unique varietal selections and the expanding craft beer industry. The family produces more than 21 varieties on their ranches and values their relationships within the brewing community, believing that craft brewers will continue to be on the forefront of new, exciting tastes.

In addition to industry demand, the Carpenters are driven to uphold their family tradition of growing quality hops. They pride themselves on being a family-oriented farm and enjoy watching each new generation grow into their role(s) on the ranch.

*Source: Yakima Chief Hops


MORE INFORMATION ON CITRACALIFRAGILISTIC

Stats: 5.5% ABV | 45 IBU | 12.5°P OG | 5 SRM

CHARACTER
Appearance: Bright | Light Gold
Aroma: Citrus | Juicy Fruit | Orange Blossom | Light Pine
Taste: Light Sweetness | Moderate Bitter Finish
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied | Smooth

 COMPOSITION
Malts: 2-Row Pale | Wheat | Crystal
Hops: Fresh Citra from Carpenter Farms
Yeast: American Ale
Water: Lake Whatcom Watershed

Beer, Events

The Tradition of Irish Red

BY REGAN BERVAR

Janet Lightner with the Irish Red can!

Janet Lightner with the Irish Red can!

We’ve got a new beer in cans at the brewery, except this beer isn’t new at all. Irish Red, the official beer brewed for the Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade, is now on shelves in bold, celtic emerald green cans.

It seems the first thing people look for when buying beer is an interesting can design or label. It’s supposed to tell a story and sell you into wanting to buy their beer. I enjoy looking at can designs and the artwork that decorates them, sometimes subtle and other times not so much, but I feel you can tell a lot about a beer from its can. The Irish Red can is humble in design, yet it has roots planted in the Bellingham community since 2009 that can be seen in the little acute details.

I recently learned the history behind the Irish Red Ale from the General Manager and founder of the Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Janet Lightner.

Join Boundary Bay in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Just wear green!!! 

Join Boundary Bay in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Just wear green!!! 

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual non-profit community-wide event dedicated to honor local public safety personnel. The Irish Red Ale is dedicated to the the parade as well as the protectors of the community and the public safety officials whose job is to keep the community secure everyday, and in doing so putting their lives in danger.

November 29, 2009, four Lakewood police officers were gunned down in a coffee shop in Washington. In the wake of this tragic event and others, it just made sense to dedicate this beer and parade to honor our public safety officials, Janet said.

To name a few, this broad spectrum of people includes policemen, firefighters, coast guards and in the wake of recent tragic events, teachers as well, but the list goes on and on. The Irish Red is dedicated to all the people who have devoted their careers to keeping the community wholesome, yet for them it’s just another day in the life.

Every time you cheers an Irish Red with your friend, partner, mom, sister or the stranger sitting next to you at the bar, think of it is a silent thank you to all of those who have risked their lives to make the world a safer place to live in.

The parade outline on the side of the Irish Red can