Barrington Blonde is our wet hopped Blonde Ale that we release once a year (around late February normally).
The beer is brewed using largely Pale malt, has Centennial hop pellets for bittering and is hopped late in the boil and in the whirlpool with fresh Cascade wet hops from Barrington Hops.
The Cascade hops used were grown locally in the Barrington Tops by Angus Groves, Sandy Laurie, and Rob Laurie at Barrington Hops. Within just a few short hours, these flowers were picked fresh off the vine, raced over to Forster, and tossed into the kettle.
We think that excellent beer should be made from fresh local ingredients, and beer drinkers deserve excellent beer. Barrington Hops fresh hop additions present an exciting new opportunity for local brewers. Unlike traditional hop products, these freshies present a truly unique experience. Distinctive terroir effects in the Barrington Tops and proximity to New South Welsh brewers yields extremely fresh flowers that burst with interesting aromas.
About the beer
Barrington Blonde is light and refreshing – brewed including local wet hops (picked in the early hours of brew day) from Barrington Hops. A well balanced beer with a medium-low bitterness and a light malt sweetness making for an approachable easy drink. Barrington Blonde is 4.6% ABV.
More about the hops
As mentioned above the wet hops used in Barrington Blonde are Cascade. Indicative characteristics for Cascade are:
Alpha Acids: 4.5-8.0%
Beta Acids: 5.0-7.0%
Total Oils: 0.8-2.0ml
The high levels of myrcene in this classic hop give it distinguishing piney, resinous, and citrus aromas. Expect to find: limes, pine forest, some grapefruit.