Cascade Hops are synonymous with the American Pale Ale, and the citrusy and piney aroma that it lends to a beer is distinctive and very popular with brewers. Surprisingly Stone Brewing Co had never used cascade hops in any of their beers until 2012! According to The Stone Blog when Stone founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner were developing their signature Pale Ale they wanted to be sure to distance it from the popular Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and so they chose a very different hop schedule centered on Columbus hops. And for over the next 15 years they never used the popular Cascade variety. Read more →
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