Here’s why your craft beer may taste different these days

With the air getting cool, it’s the perfect time of year to warm your body with a tall glass of beer. Even Pumpkin beer if you’d like.

Whether you’re a true fan with a sensitive palate or not, the current state-of-hop-emergency may affect your buzz.

But before we go there, you need to know what a hop is?

A hop is used to flavor a beer, and the flavor you get depends on when you add the hops. If you add them at the beginning, the beer will be bitter; if you add them toward the end of a boil, they will produce more of an aroma than a taste.

EVERCREECH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Jazz Tupman holds up some hops which are used to brew beer at the Wild Beer Co brewery at Lower Westcombe Farm on February 11, 2016 near Evercreech, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EVERCREECH, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: Jazz Tupman holds up some hops which are used to brew beer at the Wild Beer Co brewery at Lower Westcombe Farm on February 11, 2016 near Evercreech, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Hops sound pretty great, right? So why are we in a state-of-emergency? Well, the craft beer world is currently suffering from a major hop-shortage. Last year, Europe experienced a serious drought, which didn’t allow farmers to grow the hop-crop, causing this hop-tastrophe.

Our favorite beers all come from hops, even our famous, locally-brewed ‘Chancellor’ from Tequesta Brewing Company, who ironically, just celebrated its yearly, ‘Hop Week’. Tequesta Brewing Company (big sister to Palm Beach Garden’s Twisted Trunk), explains that Europe’s drought has not only made it hard to find European hops, but has also caused the price of American hops to rise.

Tequesta Brewing Company brewer and owner Matt Webster started home brewing at age 21. He has been brewing professionally since 2008, and keeps six to seven beers on tap at all times. TBC brewery and bar is located on U.S. Highway One in Tequesta. (Bill Ingram /The Palm Beach Post)
Tequesta Brewing Company brewer and owner Matt Webster started home brewing at age 21. He has been brewing professionally since 2008, and keeps six to seven beers on tap at all times. TBC brewery and bar is located on U.S. Highway One in Tequesta. (Bill Ingram /The Palm Beach Post)

TBC also says that it is much harder to acquire mosaic, citric and galaxia hops — three of the most popular varieties.

The brewery has a hop-purveyor who gets European hops for them, brew-master Matt Webster explained. The crop was so bad that the purveyor couldn’t complete the order, and the brewery had to turn to American hops.

Not that there is anything wrong with American hops. In fact, other Palm Beach County breweries like Due South in Boynton Beach aren’t affected at all by the hops shortage because they already brew with American hops from places like Yakima, Washington. For TBC, though, German hops is go-to source and they want to stay who they are.

Left to right: Ashley Doane, Delray Beach, Ashley Hayes, Laurie Schuster, Nancy Colman and Michelle Hershey, all of Boca Raton, gathered at the Saltwater Brewery bar following their yoga class at the Delray Beach craft brewery on Sunday, August 23, 2015. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)
Left to right: Ashley Doane, Delray Beach, Ashley Hayes, Laurie Schuster, Nancy Colman and Michelle Hershey, all of Boca Raton, gathered at the Saltwater Brewery bar following their yoga class at the Delray Beach craft brewery on Sunday, August 23, 2015. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

So are we in a hop shortage? Yes. Will our favorite local breweries still produce our favorite drinks? Yes. Is Tequesta Brewing Company still putting out great beers? A for sure, yes.

And finally, should we worry about the lack of hops? Not just yet, so head over to your favorite local craft brewery and grab a pint, especially while your favorites are still on tap.

Burgers and beer are besties, so don’t miss this exclusive dinner.

If you love a delicious hand-crafted burger and have got a thing for quality craft beer, the $55 you’d spend on this exclusive, four-course dinner will be worth it.

Burger Bar is holding its final Summer Tasting Dinner on Wednesday — an exclusive event limited to only 20 guests.

Expect a four-course tasting menu that features Twisted Trunk’s craft beers, which pair perfectly with what’s on the chef’s menu for the evening.

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Burger Bar is at Donald Ross Village, Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file).

Want to know what’s on the menu? Here’s a preview:

Second Course: Twisted Trunk’s Watermelon Saison served with a chili-glazed pork belly slider, pickled watermelon, sea salt aioli and micro cilantro.

To reserve your seat at the table, purchase a ticket here or call 561-630-4545.


Twisted Trunk will provide the locally brewed suds. (Palm Beach Post file)
Twisted Trunk will provide the locally brewed suds. (Palm Beach Post file)

The Deets:

What: Burger Bar and Twisted Trunk Brewing Co. Craft Beer & Food Pairing

When: Wednesday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Burger Bar, Donald Ross Village, 4650 Donald Ross Rd, Palm Beach Gardens

Cost: $55 gets you a seat at a table for 20, and a four-course meal.

Sunday scene at Eau: Burgers + Brew with an ocean view

Local craft brews are on tap at the Eau Resort's seaside lounge. (Courtesy: Eau Palm Beach)
Local craft brews are on tap at the Eau Resort’s seaside lounge. (Courtesy: Eau Palm Beach)

Leave it to the stylish Eau Palm Beach Resort to host a most civilized cheeseburger and beer event.

The Burgers & Brew event takes place Sunday at Eau’s stunning new oceanfront lounge, Breeze Ocean Kitchen, from 1 to 5 p.m.

An entry fee of $35 per person buys you all-you-can-eat, customizable burgers, plus pours of locally brewed beers. Add to that some live music and free valet parking and you’ve got a Sunday bargain.

Sunday's view for beer-sipping and burger-devouring at Eau's Breeze Ocean Kitchen.  (Credit: Liz Balmaseda)
Sunday’s view for beer-sipping, burger-devouring at Breeze Ocean Kitchen. (Credit: Liz Balmaseda)

DIY burger toppings include bacon, prosciutto, chili, a range of grilled, roasted and pickled veggies, kimchi, pesto, truffle mayo, house-made “Eau-1 Sauce” and various cheeses. (After all, Sunday is National Cheeseburger Day.)

For the pairing, there will be beer tents dispensing plenty of samples from Due South, Funky Buddha, Twisted Trunk, Saltwater and Barrel of Monks.

Bonus: Each guest gets a swag bag of brew-branded items. Also, Eau beer growlers will be on sale for an additional $30.

Breeze Ocean Kitchen: at the Eau Palm Beach Resort, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan; 561-533-6000; EauPalmBeach.com