Why is There Sediment in My IPA?

We occasionally get inquiries about the “lees” (sediment) that sometimes appears in IPA bottles. “What is it and why is it there?” people want to know. It is a combination of malt proteins, hop tannins & yeast, which occur naturally in a dry-hopped, unfiltered beer such as Smuttynose IPA.

Because many mass-produced beers are subjected to filtration – mostly for aesthetic reasons – many people have grown accustomed to crystal-clear beers. Breweries, like Smuttynose, could make a beer that is pretty and bright by processing it that way, but they believe that would sacrifice flavor.

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A Touch of Blarney

First a little about St. Patrick “himself:”

DID YOU KNOW… St. Patrick was actually born (year 385-387) in Scotland? His parents were Romans living in Britain. As a boy of about fourteen he was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave to to tend sheep. At this time Ireland was a land of Druids and pagans and he learned the language and practices of the people who held him captive. During his captivity he turned to prayer and wrote of his hope of one day returning to his home. At about the age of 20 he had a dream, which encouraged him to escape and make his way to the coast…

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