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Goodwood Brewing Co. COO & Brewmaster Joel Halbleib Talks Spruce Tip IPA

Goodwood Brewing Co. COO & Brewmaster Joel Halbleib Talks Spruce Tip IPA

We spoke with Goodwood Brewing Co. COO & Brewmaster Joel Halbleib about Spruce Tip IPA.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
Myself and cellarmaster Todd Suyemasa.

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
The interplay between the hops and spruce tips. The aromatics are out of this world!

BC: Where does this beer’s name come from?
Pretty self-explanatory; it's an IPA with spruce tips.

BC: Is this your “desert island beer?”
It’s in the cooler for sure.

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Resinous IPA beat with branch after branch of spruce tips.

BC: Do you know a story – or have a personal story – that revolves around this beer?
I have a love for the danker IPAs. When the team asked for an IPA, I was more than ready to produce this one. I spent a long time thinking of a great wood element to bring to an IPA that would pair well with the massive hop bill. Todd Suyemasa, our cellarmaster, suggested spruce tips as he had tasted a spruce IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co and thought the aromas from spruce paired fantastically with hops. That day I ordered some Colorado Blue Spruce tips from Spruce on Tap and the rest is history.

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