If there’s one thing home and craft brewers love, it’s experimenting. The availability of new yeasts is always a great time to try something different. To celebrate the 2015 Craft Brewer’s Conference visit to their home state, WYeast is releasing three new commemorative yeasts, each named after a mountain in the Pacific Northwest.
According to the Wyeast legend, two brothers, Wyeast and Klickitat, were locked in battle for the affections of the beautiful maiden Loo-wit. The battle became so fierce that the Great Spirit intervened and turned Loo-wit into Mount St. Helens, and the fighting brothers Klickitat and Wyeast into Mount Adams and Mount Hood. Now Wyeast Laboratories honors its Oregon roots and its role in the continuing legend of craft beer with a commemorative trifecta of exclusive yeast strains:
Mount Hood Ale (Wyeast): The Pacific Northwest is known for its IPAs and Red Ales, and this Pacific Northwest ale yeast is ideal for both of these beer styles (among many others). In legend, the brother Wyeast was a singer and this strain’s strong attenuation, good flocculation, and clean profile will let your hops and malt sing with delight.
Alcohol tolerance: 10%; ABV; Flocculation: High; Attenuation: 72-79%; Temperature Range: 62-72°F (17-22°C)
Mount Adams Blend (Klickitat): Klickitat, the totem-maker, was a skilled craftsman, able to create objects of beauty from natural materials – just like brewmasters do with malt, hops and yeast. This custom blend of farmhouse strains and Brettanomyces is great for Saisons and American-style Sour & Wild ales.
Alcohol Tolerance: 12% ABV; Flocculation: low; Attenuation: 80-90%; Temperature Range: 65-80°F (18-27°C)
Mount St. Helens Lager (Loo-wit): After being turned into a mountain, the beautiful Loo-wit wrapped herself in snow—reminiscent of beer foam. Like the undecided maiden, this lager strain is very clean, very dry, and plays well with hops; her beauty is equally at home in a classic Pilsner or an IPL.
Alcohol Tolerance: 10% ABV; Flocculation: low; Attenuation: 73-77%; Temperature Range: 46-56°F (8-13°C)
The 2015 Craft Brewers Conference will be held April 14-17 in Wyeast Laboratories’ backyard of Portland, Oregon.