‘ Our West Coast IPA is a unique medley of high gravity hops to give this incredible flavor. We start with Chinook, a strong bitterness with hints of pine & spiced grapefruit. Then we layer the dry hops first with Simcoe for it’s unique fruitiness, the Zeus for it’s pungent wood-citrus aroma and finally Galaxy for a touch of tropical fruits. The amber malt character balances well with this complex hop profile. Enjoy this beer at around 6-8° Celsius in a snifter glass’
6,7% ABV 73 IBU
South Plains Brewing Company sits in the old industrial area of Sofielund in Malmö, Sweden. The neighborhood is a culturally rich mix of Middle Eastern Arabic and Eastern Europeans. Many of the Iraqi Sunnis that fled the Iraq war came to Sweden as refugees. They also came with alot of money and bought up most of the property in our area. So many of the businesses are car garages, tire shops, metal recycling, Persian furniture, rug dealers, used cars, Baklava bakeries, falafel stands, fruit markets, and my personal favorite, the Jihad driving school. Norra Grangebergsgatan is often filled with old Arabic men in 1950′s suits or young 20′s something men with silk shirts, gold chains and greased hair driving Mercedes while the Arabic women, when they first come from Iraq are wearing head to toe burkas, but give them two years in Sweden, and they are wearing skin tight jeans with heels and skimpy tops. Then there’s the old fat Polish women selling vodka & cigarettes out the back of their bus on the corner (the police recently raided them). It’s a vibrant-eclectic area with excellent Arabic food. Often you would have to walk several blocks to see a blond haired, blue eyed Swede. But as a American, I’m used to a multi-cultural society and after working for so many years in Oakland with over 600 murders yearly and daily drive by shootings, I’m rather amused at what is considered a bad area here.
So after a brief introduction about my neighborhood, I want to tell you about my next beer. It’s a American Nut Brown Ale, with a distinct bitterness of 60 IBU and dry hopped with Yakima Valley Amarillo & Citra hops and it’s fairly strong at 7,8% ABV. I used a funky Yorkshire yeast that kind of has a tangy/slightly sour taste, that I personally really like. It looks like whipped cream floating on the top of the tank when it’s fermenting. Most people really like it, a few really don’t. I didn’t want to call it Brown Ale, sounded to boring. So while I was on the train to Stockholm, I dreamed up possible beer names….and one I came up with…’Hoptimus Delirium’…..I liked the sound of it. It’s funny how micro-breweries think up names for their beer. For example two famous beer…’Pliny the Elder’ is the name of a double IPA from California, it has nothing to do with a first century historian who wrote volumes on nature. His most famous quote was ‘ “that the only certainty is that nothing is certain.” But it is a cool sounding name and surely helps to sell this wonderful tasting beer. Another example is ‘Vertical Epic’. I climbed Mt Whitney on my 21st birthday and I know a what it’s like to go up sheer granite cliff, and although this is a excellent beer, it’s certainly not a vertical epic. But I like the name and I like the idea of releasing a beer once a year, like 07-07-07. As for Hoptimus Delirium, it’s released in Systembolaget on April 2nd, (no joke) under the number 89834, a 33 cl will cost 28,3 kr and whether or not people will ‘drift into a mild state of hop-scented delirium’ remains to be seen. Still sounds better than brown ale