Eric Basse and Philip Cowart make sure that the brewery keeps clean. (Brian Sease | The Poly Post)

Brew Works hazy IPA craze

Something new is in the works at Innovation Brew Works and Tuesday, April 3, as if from a different dimension, the brew masters concocted “Event Horizon,” a New England style, hazy IPA.

The name was inspired by a scientific breakthrough proving that black holes have a gravitational pull so intense that nothing, not even light, can escape it once inside a certain region, and that region is called the event horizon.

“New England style IPAs used to be an experimental beer, but its earned the right to be its own category in the World Beer Cup,” Eric Basse Operations Brew Manager at Brew Works said. “It’s different from a west coast style IPA because it has much lower IBU (international bitterness unit).”

Eric Basse and Philip Cowart make sure that the brewery keeps clean. (Brian Sease | The Poly Post)

The Event Horizon or Hazy IPA has an IBU of only 10, so the perceived hoppy, or bitter, flavor isn’t as pronounced.

It makes a huge difference when analyzing bitter-heavy west coast IPA’s with IBUs measured from 40 to 100.

There’s a balanced emphasis of bitter and sweet, hint of pineapple and citrus tropical fruit to complement the dominant, yet solemn hops ending in a smooth finish.

“A lot of people use 5-lbs of hops per barrel, but we boast a solid 8-lbs for the hazy,” Basse said. “For this beer it’s not about suspending the yeast to get more bitterness, it’s the hops that makes it popular.”

However, it wasn’t always the popular form of IPA it is today.

“There’s a big controversy in the world of brewing,” said, head brewer, Philip Cowart.

“It used to be If your beer wasn’t clear then it’s bad brewing practices, and that is wrong … it’s the low flocculation of yeast and the hop particulates sinking that contribute to the excellent mouth feel, fragrant tropical aroma, explosion of hops with no bittering hops of the Event Horizon.”

Even on a rainy April day the protein and starches retained in the Hazy IPA are great for nourishment.

The beer is far more refreshing than traditional IPAs and when matched with the earthy mushrooms in the Caprese Sandwich, it’s hard not to be satisfied.

The Caprese Sandwich features Brew Works’ special Ortiz-Orange garbanzo bean spread, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, mozzarella cheese and balsamic vinaigrette on soft, toasted focaccia bread.

It’s also a great vegetarian option.

If IPAs aren’t your choice of beer there’s no need to worry, Brew Works offers 13 different craft beers on draft with options for tasters.

Wine and non-alcoholic craft soda is also available.

Innovation Brew Works is just an A-shuttle ride away.

Brew Works is celebrating its third anniversary from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21 in the IBW parking lot.

Guests are invited to go online and purchase tickets through Eventzilla for $35 or at the door for $40 on a first come, first serve basis.

Must be 21 to consume alcoholic beverages, students under 21 years of age will not be served alcohol at Innovatio Brew Works or Innovation Brew Works’ Third Anniversary Party.

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