If you’re into experimental hops, you’ll want to know about this beer

Label artwork for Grower 397 IPA.
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Double Mountain Brewery collaborates with Perrault Farms to create Grower 397 West Coast IPA.

If you want to make a beer that showcases the latest and greatest experimental hops, the numbered but not-yet-named hop varieties, Jason Perraut is a good person to know. His is, perhaps, the most renowned name in the U.S. hop breeding discipline these days. Among other things, Jason is the head hop breeder for Yakima Chief Ranches. He is also a fourth-generation farmer; his family’s hop farm, Perreault Farms, has been growing hops in the Yakima Valley since 1902.

So yeah, If you want to make a beer that showcases experimental hops, Jason is a good guy to have involved in the project. That’s exactly what Double Mountain Brewery did when it created Grower 397 West Coast IPA, a collaboration beer brewed with Perrault Farms.

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According to the release announcement from Double Mountain Brewery, “The brew crew visited Perrault Farms in Toppenish, WA early this spring and came away with a trio of new hops to play with. HBC 586, HBC 638, and HBC 1019 lend aromas of stone fruit, mango, bright orange, and kind herb to this crisp and easy West Coast IPA, keeping it balanced, aromatic, and easy.”

The brewery says that Jason Perrault played an integral role in selecting the hop varieties for this collaboration. His expertise and passion for innovation resulted in including experimental hops like HBC 638, which shows promise as a replacement for the beloved Centennial variety.


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Perrault Farms is designated as Grower 397. The grower number gets stamped alongside the variety and date on every bale of hops produced by the farm. That’s what spawned the beer’s name. The brewery says that by bridging the gap between farm and glass, Grower 397 West Coast IPA pays homage to the hard work and dedication of the farmers who make it all possible.

Keep an eye on Double Mountain Brewery’s social media channels for more info about the beer’s availability.


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