There's a subset of beer fans who can't get enough of hops, the flowering vine used to make beer bitter and counter the sweetness of the malted barley. As you know, I'm a member of this group: I can't get enough of bitter, hoppy beer.
So, fellow hopheads, World of Beer has an event for us on Friday, April 20: Hop Fest.
The craft beer bar will be pouring several hoppy brews and all India Pale Ales (hoppier and more bitter than pale ales) will be $1 off all day.
They will also be serving Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, the California brewery's limited-run 10 percent double IPA. Here's Sierra Nevada's description of the beer:
A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor ...
Resinous "new-school" and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit—all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.
I had a glass of Hoptimum last year and it was excellent. It was quite rare in 2011, but if memory serves I think Sierra Nevada is brewing a larger batch this year.