BEND, OR. - September 20, 2017 - This week, Worthy Brewing began bottling Strata IPA, the award-winning beer that features the new, multi-layered aroma hop created by Oregon State University and Indie Hops.
"This is a proud day for Worthy, as well as for all the scientists, students, farmers and brewers who helped select, cultivate and polish Strata, formerly known as X-331," said Roger Worthington, owner of Worthy Brewing. "Corvallis has been a Garden of Hop Eden for decades and we're happy to see OSU add another buzzworthy hop to its trophy cabinet."
Strata IPA has it all. From terra firma, it has notes of pineapple and watermelon, with a whiff of herbal dankness. From the jungle canopy, the citrusy flavor of mango and passion fruit. And from the outer rim, delightful hints of peaches and pine.
After launching as a draft-only offering earlier this year, Strata IPA has racked up several awards, including a gold medal at the Oregon Beer Awards in the hoppy sessionable ale category. At 6.5% ABV and 60 IBU, Strata IPA is an amazingly well-balanced beer with a unique, "terpelicious" aroma.
Dustin Kellner, Brewmaster at Worthy Brewing states: "Getting access to this hop during its "X" phase was exciting for our brew team. We brewed four different pilot batches trying to find how best to capture its unique flavor and aroma and I love what the team came up with. Strata is a brewery favorite."
Worthy is packaging Strata IPA in 22 oz bottles which will be available in retail outlets throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and select regions in Northern California.
As more of the hop is available after next year's harvest, in late 2018 Worthy intends to package Strata IPA in cans. With a high oil content and 12-14% alpha acid profile, Strata has been acclaimed as a "one-stop shop-hop."
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Big day for Indie Hops. Jim Solberg and Matt Sage. Not pictured: X-331 Hop Meister Dr. Shaun Townsend from Oregon State University.
Aroma Hops Breeding Program develops, grows new Strata Hop
The Daily Barometer
By: Keana Pigg Practicum - Nov 6, 2017
OSU partners with Indie Hops to introduce sensory-complex IPA craft beer.
The award-winning hop, known as Strata for its layered skunky resinous aroma, has been in the Oregon State University Hops Breeding pipeline since early 2009 and now has brewers, craft beer lovers and distributors waiting for more of it.
OSU’s Aroma Hops Breeding Program contributes to the university’s recognition of being the state’s largest public research institution and is close to releasing its first hop variety this winter.
The Aroma Hops Breeding Program, directed by Dr. Shaun Townsend, assistant professor, senior research of crop and soil science, is a breeding program for hops, a commodity principally used in the beer-brewing process, according to Townsend.
“The main goal of the breeding program is to develop new aroma hop varieties that are desired by the craft beer industry and suited to Oregon growing conditions,” Townsend said via email. “The Aroma Hops Breeding Program is a partnership between Indie Hops and OSU.”
According to Townsend, Indie Hops is an Oregon-based hops merchant that serves the craft beer industry.
Principal owners of Indie Hops, Roger Worthington and Jim Solberg, both grew up in Corvallis. After years of working in asbestos litigation and as a Nike executive, respectively, the two old friends decided to get into the hops business in 2008, according to Worthington.
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X-331 Hop Meister Dr. Shaun Townsend
X-Hop beers on tap at Worthy Brewing
By: Jon Abernathy - Dec. 7, 2017
Worthy Brewing Co. continues to provide one of the more interesting brewery destinations in the region. Beyond the brewery, pub and beer garden, visitors are treated to the sights of growing hops (in the summer), the greenhouse and Garden Club, and, completed this year, the domed observatory. At its core, however, Worthy is still about the beer, and this year the brewery has been bustling with several notable projects.
The brewery showcased a new hop variety, Strata, with the release of the eponymously named Strata IPA early in the year. Worthy has a special connection to the development of this hop, as owner Roger Worthington also owns hop supplier Indie Hops. Indie Hops collaborates with Oregon State University’s hop breeding program to develop new strains of hops.
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