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Jobsite Brewing x BackRoads Plaid Days NEIPA

Jobsite Brewing x BackRoads Plaid Days NEIPA

We are thrilled to announce that our latest collaboration brew is now available in our BackRoads Brews + Shoes Taproom and Jobsite Brewing in Stratford! When you enjoy this beer, be proud that you're supporting a local brewery that supports their local hop growers!The Jobsite Brewing x BackRoads Plaid Days NEIPA is a refreshing take on the classic New England style IPA. With low bitterness and accentuated hop character through multiple dry hop additions of cascade and triple pearl. The medium body and dry finish helps bring out the citrus notes of pineapple and orange. Check out our behind-the-scenes of the brewing...

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Behind the Scenes: Jobsite Brewing x BackRoads Plaid Days NEIPA

Behind the Scenes: Jobsite Brewing x BackRoads Plaid Days NEIPA

We love all things beer, so it’s an understatement to say that we were excited to participate in a full brew day with Jesse and Phil at Jobsite Brewing a couple weeks ago. It’s also an understatement to say this collaboration brew day was great. In reality it blew our expectations out of the water!  Jesse took us under his wing all day and did a fantastic job sharing his obvious wealth of knowledge of all things brewing. It was no surprise he’d been through teachers college as he seemed genuinely happy to show us the intricacies of the beer...

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Hops Rhizomes

Hops Rhizomes

Whether you’re looking to produce your own brewing ingredients, craft supplies or simply trying to add a unique, eye-catching plant to a garden, growing your own hops can be easy, inexpensive and rewarding! The most recommended method of planting hops is to use hops rhizomes.  What is a Rhizome A rhizome is a piece of root that extends horizontally from the main crown of a hops plant. They can be cut and replanted to exponentially increase the number of hops in your farm or garden. A well established crown can produce upwards of 10 quality hops rhizomes in a single...

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London Brewing x BackRoads Runner's High Dry Hopped Pale Ale

London Brewing x BackRoads Runner's High Dry Hopped Pale Ale

Introducing our second collaboration beer with London Brewing, the Runner's High Dry Hopped Pale Ale! For this recipe, we were looking for something that showed of the aromas and flavours of the BackRoads hops, while still being approachable. I.e. not to bitter, easy on the palate, and more sessionable than a full strength IPA. On the malt side, after a base of local organic newdale, we added a healthy addition of oats and wheat to round out the mouthfeel. A small early bittering charge of chinook to balance that malt sweetness, followed by a heavy whirlpool addition of cascade and chinook. Double dry...

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Hops Feature: Chinook

Hops Feature: Chinook

Chinook is a dual purpose hop that is quite popular for both its flavour and its aromatic value. Chinook is known for its smoothness and features a strong pine flavour, with noticeable grapefruit dashes as well. High alpha acids make this desirable and particularly effective for the modern IPA. The ideal alpha acid range for Chinook is between 12 and 14 percent with the desired beta acid range between 3 and 4 percent. This hop also is noted for having a high growth rate with potentials for very high yields when cared for properly. Substitutes: Galena, Centennial

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Homebrew Profile: Derek Illman

Homebrew Profile: Derek Illman

Introducing our new Homebrew Series where we document and feature local homebrewers using our BackRoads hops and learn about the process, equipment, supplies and most importantly, the beer they brew! Home brewing is becoming a popular hobby for beer enthusiasts and we want to help showcase these men and women who are experimenting and creating their own beer.Our second homebrew profile features Derek Illman from Monkton Ontario!Derek, can you tell us about yourself?I am originally from a small community called Monkton about an hour north of London but have lived in Byron for the last 21 years. I have worked for the...

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