Hopped Hennepin Series

It occurred to us at the brewery that when we trialed hops for evaluation on the pilot system, that Hennepin, our saison, might make a great base beer. We were right.

The malt base of Hennepin is light on its feet, it’s got adequate body from the relatively high ABV, and it finishes crisp and dry. When we removed the spices that are characteristic of the classic Hennepin, then late edition and dry hops are really afforded an opportunity to shine. To be fair to the original Hennepin, we don’t see these hop explorations as an improvement on our old friend, but they are unique, special, and worthy of sharing with those who have an interest in Hennepin, a particular hop, or just great beer.

Single hop beers are nothing new, but the two Hennepin Hop beers this year aren’t actually that. We decided to retain the excellent and balanced bittering qualities afforded by Styrian Goldings in both of these beers.  Both examples are hoppier and more aromatic than traditional Hennepin, accomplished with a combination of larger bittering charges, late edition and whirlpool hopping, as well as dry hopping. Calypso and Triskel Hennepin will be limited releases available only on draft, and we hope to continue these explorations with several new releases each year.

Calypso (April release): Bright fruity and citrus (lemon) aroma with some pear and apple. Slight melon and tea-like character as well. Firm and pleasant bitterness.

Triskel (September release): Fruity, floral and peppery aroma. Amplified “noble” type character. Moderately hoppy taste with great spicy notes.  This hop plays really well with our house yeast.

The Hopped Hennepin Series will be available on draft in: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI


4 responses on “Hopped Hennepin Series

  1. Michael Martinez

    Dear, Ommengang yhis weekend i purchased a 4 pack of one of my favorite and daily beers which i have bragged and raved about for the past 3 and 1/2 years not to mention 5 visits to your facility and i have to say i was disappointed in the flavor and taste ot defently did not match the lasy countless bottles I’ve purchased over the years,for the taste was filtered and flat and the change of the label on the bottle trew me off as well .

    1. Ommegang Post author

      Sorry to hear that Michael. Can you tell me the style of the beer and if you still have a bottle, the packaging information that’s stamped on the neck of the bottle? I’ll send it to quality and see if they’ve received any other complaints about that batch.

  2. Erich

    I can’t wait to try these, when/where will they make it to taps in Minnesota? (at least for Calypso) Don’t want to miss it!

    1. Ommegang Post author

      Should be on tap now or within the next couple of weeks. Use the beer finder to locate Ommegang retailers near you to see when/if they’ll have it on tap.