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A Note on This Beer
Getting a hold of the one-of-a-kind hopjuice from Seattle’s Mirage is like capturing Bigfoot.
Unless you miraculously manage to snag a spot in their coveted bottle club, until today, high-tailing it to a local bottle shop was your only shot at a stash!
As soon as head brewer Michael Dempster posts a new release on Instagram, you can practically hear the herd of hopheads taking to the streets. They know that Micheal never makes the same beer twice.
That includes today’s Derecho NEIPA. This two-man brew crew stuffed it with heaps of Ekuanot, alongside a double dry-hopping of Motueka, El Dorado, and Riwaka Hops. Each luxuriously full-bodied sip swirls with succulent flavors of drippy papaya and luscious mango, balanced by a bit of earthiness and a pinch of pine — ALL from the “stupid amount” of hops.
The mouthfeel? Smooth as silk. Thick as freshly-squeezed OJ. Softer than a well-loved sweatshirt.
I admit that I’ve officially given up on finding Bigfoot. But, Mirage’s juicy creations are always worth the hunt.
*Mirage took home three medals at the 2019 Washington Beer awards, including GOLD for Juicy, Hazy Pale Ales!
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