With the conclusion of December comes the close of another year. In a couple days the anniversary of the pending Apocalypse will be upon us, as well as the outcome from another year of Christmas shopping. So what is another year without an announcement from Eugene's Ninkasi Brewing.

Re-introducing the SIngle Hop series from Ninkasi Brewing Company..

Officially created in 2012, Ninkasi Brewing Company ’s Single Hop Series is a project to help its brewers and consumers experience the unique characteristics of select and newly-developed hops. The series, which kicked-off with the release of Smells Like Purple brewed with Meridian hops in the summer of 2012, uses a standard malt base to showcase each individual hop. Now, each beer in the series is named for the hop in use and lends itself to a deeper understanding of the featured varietal.

“We brew with hops that are unfamiliar to us, and the single hop style lets us bring the most out of the hop, experiencing the full range of flavors possible in brewing and dry hopping the beer,” explains Jamie Floyd, founding brewer and co-owner of Ninkasi. “We promote the single-hop beers for education and to target the real beer geek.”

With a crisp, pilsner malt build, Floyd suggests that these beers be paired with seafood, poultry, spicy foods, most cheeses, and tart desserts like key lime pie.

Starting today through the end of the month, Ninkasi is happy to feature Mandarina and Azacca Single Hop IPA.

More on Single Hop series beers Madarina and Azacca

Mandarina Stats

  • ABV: 5.3
  • IBU: 38
  • Starting Gravity: 1052
  • Malt: Pilsner, Flaked Barley, Northwest Crystal C15, Carahell
  • Hops: Mandarina

Tasting Notes: Cultivated in Huell, Germany, and available to brewers in 2012, Mandarina is an aroma hop known for its distinct tangerine and citrus flavors. This beer is balanced by a crisp pilsner malt aroma, making it the perfect way to sample the unique characteristics of this fruity hop.

Azacca Stats

  • ABV: 5.3
  • IBU: 38
  • Starting Gravity: 1052
  • Malt: Pilsner, Flaked Barley, Northwest Crystal C15, Carahell
  • Hops: Azacca

Tasting Notes: Named after the Haitian god of agriculture, Azacca hops give this beer a distinctive nose with notes of mango, apricot, apples, and pears. Paired with a clean, crisp Pilsner malt build up-front followed by the fruit characteristics of this hop, this beer is the perfect way to sample Azacca in all its glory.

Look for Mandarina and Azacca wherever Ninkasi is sold. And if you can't find it where you live, then ask the server or grocer to get some!


About Ninkasi Brewing Company

Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to a 55-barrel brewing system located in Eugene, Ore.  Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Believer Double Red, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Oregon, Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.

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