Winnipeg, winter of 1926. Fire breaks out in the horse paddock at the city’s hippodrome. The horses fled from when the stables set ablaze. Their only scape-way was the nearby Red River. But the river was already jammed with winter ice and the horses froze before managing to reach the opposite side. Their sculptural frozen heads remained stuck in the ice and served as something of a leisure park novelty that long winter season in Winnipeg, drawing crowds and curious onlookers from all over.
Did this really happen? While the myth is cloaked in mystery and disputed to this day, for anyone who’s been to Winnipeg, it’s fun to imagine it’s true. At the very least, the details of the hazy urban legend are curious enough to inspire our latest hazy IPA!
What You’ll Love About It
We've been having a lot of fun with hops lately, and specifically in our mission to keep sourcing unique hops we don't see here very often. This time we'd heard about the unique "juicy pineapple" character that Chinook grown in Michigan provided vs. the Chinook we're familiar with. For a beer made with three pretty standard hops, we loved what came out.
How It's Made
Brewed with oats and wheat, and hopped with Mosaic, Simcoe, and Michigan Chinook.
How To Enjoy It
When you're at your most thirsty, at 8-10° Celsius.
Did You Know?
Chinook hops are known for their ability to provide balanced bitterness alongside spice and pine notes to beer, and have been used for decades already. But those grown in Michigan showcase a very unique terroir: You'll find those same spice and pine notes, with an unexpected burst of tropical pineapple that can't be found in Chinook grown in any other region.