September turned out to be a really busy month on all fronts, so it was quite surprising finding oneself brewing a brand new beer. And this time it was back home in Moldova with the great folks at LumenCraft!
We’ve been talking about a new beer with the Airport-based brewery for some time now. And they knew exactly what they wanted to do right from the start – a New England IPA. Yes, I know, this may sound a bit outdated to some of you fine hop-juice connoisseurs, but the thing is Moldova hasn’t caught on the haze-craze just yet. So cut us some slack, will you?
Now, after several successful collaborations with RateBeer’s Best Brewery in Moldova 2017 doing a new Sunstone beer here felt like home. Despite being a technically challenging style, the brewday was as laidback as ever and we had lots of fun and talk while getting that hop juice flowing. With a wonderful mix of such hops as Amarillo, Chinook, Mosaic, Citra and El Dorado we were fairly certain that the resulting beer would be really full of hop flavors.
And oh boy, it really is! After just a week into the fermentation the beer attenuated almost completely and was already tasting great. In two weeks it mellowed out a bit and became a true hop bomb packed with citrus, tropical fruit and some grassy notes that go down like some smoothy.
Did we nail the visual aspect? Well, judge for yourselves by checking out the photos below.