Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that Haze Charmer Hazy Pale Ale is rolling out now as the brewery’s first new Year-Round offering in four years.
The result of six months of research and development on Tröegs’ small-batch Scratch Brewhouse, Haze Charmer is a Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale that “features a soft and hazy base thanks to a combination of pale malt, malted wheat, raw wheat, oats and honey malt.” A “vigorous” dry-hopping with Citra, Lotus and El Dorado hops “adds a second phase of haze” while offering “notes of juicy pineapple, fresh grapefruit, candied peach and a hint of white pine.” Coming in at just 5.5% ABV, Haze Charmer is “a soft and sessionable beer that is big on hop flavor and low on bitterness.”
“It’s been a fun ride perfecting this recipe,” says Brewmaster John Trogner. “More than ever before, we dialed in to the relationship between fermentation and the hop combination and how a yeast strain can fundamentally change the way you smell hops. It’s not just about the hops you choose. It’s more about the total picture, the overall relationship among ingredients. As we tasted an early pilot batch and started to see the dynamics of that relationship, a lightbulb went on. It’s like finding a new color of the rainbow.”
Haze Charmer is available now in Pennsylvania and is scheduled to enter full distribution in mid-March 2020. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Prost!
Vital Information for Haze Charmer from Tröegs Independent Brewing
Release – Year-Round; launching late February 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale
ABV – 5.5%
Hops – Citra, El Dorado, Lotus & Mosaic
Malts – Honey Malt, Malted Wheat, Oats, Pale Malt & Unmalted Wheat
Yeast – London 3
Fun Fact – “For the label art, Tröegs once again partnered with Philadelphia’s Lindsey Tweed. Tweed’s astronomy-meets-magic illustration captures the art and science of recipe development, and the importance of the timing of hop additions is captured in the hop phases arcing across the label.
‘The hop phases reveal a bewitched hop hidden in the dark side,’ says Tweed. ‘And below drips an all-seeing eye. I reached for my Ouija board for inspiration on the woodcut-style type.'”
Availability – 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/