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Win a Goshen Brewing Company hat, growler to celebrate six years of Hop Notes

I love having Iechyd Da in Elkhart. I will love even more having a brewpub just a few blocks from my house — Goshen Brewing Company.

Owner Jesse Sensenig brews great beer, and it will be a family-friendly restaurant we can visit with our children.  

Things are coming along very well with the building. Bathrooms are plumbed, heating and air conditioning are installed, the brewhouse is almost hooked up and the kitchen is looking more and more like a kitchen each week.

I stop in weekly to check on the progress. The brewery has been open for tours at the past several First Friday events and will be again Friday, March 6. Starting at 7 p.m., you will also be able to catch live music by members of The Tumbleweed Jumpers with local songwriters Sam Brown and Ethan Tobias.

Jesse has kindly offered up a hat and 32 oz. growler to help celebrate six years of Hop Notes. Email the name of two Goshen Brewing Company beers to with Goshen Brew Co. in the subject line. The first two people to send in correct answers win.

I hope that soon we will be able to sample some Goshen Brewing Company beers on First Friday, but until then, here is a new beer that has just hit local shelves: Sierra Neveda is introducing three new beers this year.

Two of them are year-rounds (Hop Hunter IPA, Nooner Pilsner) and the brewery has also introduced a Beer Camp seasonal. Hop Hunter (6.2 percent ABV, IBUs 60) is now available in both six-packs and 12-packs.  

Many of us hop heads love fresh-hopped beers, brewed within hours of the hop harvest each fall. Now, for the first time, beer enthusiasts can enjoy wet-hop character year-round.

Sierra Nevada has developed a new process to steam distilled oil from wet hops in the field minutes after harvest. This concentrated hop essence is used alongside traditional hops in brewing Hop Hunter.

“We’ve been incredibly busy designing and tweaking all of these new beers,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder, said in a news release. “Our brewhouses have been going round-the-clock perfecting the recipes and it has been really fun to explore the limits of hops. I’m really excited about the work we’ve done on Hop Hunter. We’re no stranger to experimental hops and hopping techniques, but developing distilled wet hop oil is unlike anything we’ve tried. The results are amazing.”

I have not had the chance to try Hop Hunter yet, but I have heard very good reviews from the craft beer specialist at Chalet Party Shoppe.

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