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WeldWerks Brewing Co. Production Manager Derek Gold Talks Advanced Fluid Dynamics: Sultana

WeldWerks Brewing Co. Production Manager Derek Gold Talks Advanced Fluid Dynamics: Sultana

We spoke with WeldWerks Brewing Co. Production Manager Derek Gold about Advanced Fluid Dynamics: Sultana.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
The Fluid Dynamics lineage was dreamed up by our head brewer and co-founder Neil Fisher. Upon smelling the hops that would later become Sabro and Lotus at CBC (Craft Brewer's Conference) several years ago, he immediately contracted both. Pairing the coconut- and cedar-forward Sabro with the citrus and vanilla aromatics produced by Lotus made for a truly unique IPA. As for the Sultana variant, we were fortunate enough to procure a lot featuring colossal notes of fresh pineapple juice. Using the Sultana to complement the other aforementioned hops in Advanced Fluid Dynamics struck us as a combination that would produce an unbelievable tropical IPA, and we're definitely pleased with the result.
BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
The tropical aroma of this beer is off the charts! Adding Sultana into the mix with Sabro and Lotus creates this ambrosial symphony, with fresh coconut meat, juicy tangerine and ripe pineapple taking center stage. They play in perfect harmony, with no single varietal overshadowing the others. 
 

BC: Where does this beer’s name come from?

At the time of Advanced Fluid Dynamics' inception, both Sabro and Lotus were unnamed experimental hop varieties. We knew we loved them individually, but had no idea what combining them into a massive dry hop would produce. The name is meant to exemplify the combinatory nature of unknown quantities. 
BC: What's a good food pairing for this beer?
Something salty, spicy and fatty. Tacos al pastor would be my immediate go-to.