The November meeting for the Yeast Wranglers, though small, turned out to be one of the best of the year so far. Don from Canada Malting decided to grace us with his presence, dispatching great hop knowledge unto the masses. It’s too bad we didn’t have more masses, but I suspect the weather might have convinced many people to stay home where it was safe.

If you’re one of those suckers that put safety before knowledge, you sorely missed out. Don gave a fantastic presentation full of hop industry goodness. My only complaint? Corey could have been a bit snappier on the beer delivery!

We learned that Mosaic, a new designer hop from the Hop Breeding Company, has been released and will be available in the New Year. This hop offers a unique and complex blend of floral, tropical, fruity and earthy characteristics that translate very favorably into several styles of beer. Mosaic is the daughter of YCR 14 Simcoe and a Nugget derived male. Sounds delicious! If only we had a couple boxes of it to sell… oh wait, we do.

Not only do we have Mosaic coming, but we got our greedy hands on the brewers cuts of it that were passed around as a taste test in the meeting. We’ve concocted a great plan to use these in a beer to sample. Many of you are probably wondering this, and so we’ll just come out and say it: we absolutely intend to use the leaf hops that went up both Jordan and Mike’s noses in our test batch of beer.

Craft Brewing would like to extend a very warm thank you to both Don Moore, and specifically, Canada Malting for letting him out of his cage past his bed time. We know you told us not to feed him after midnight, but as you know we have a functional issue with following the rules. And yes, he does turn into a gremlin. And no, you may not have the pictures.

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