All About That Beer: Hudson Haze

Full of incredibly juicy flavor, Hudson Haze is a Hop & Barrel favorite. In fact, you like it so much, we’ve decided to make it available all year. Read on to learn more from its creators!

Where does the name Hudson Haze come from?

Justin: We’re in Hudson, and we made a hazy IPA. It was fate. Naming beer sucks, how many times have we said that?

Brian: Our brewery is situated in a river valley. It gets hazy and foggy sometimes early in the morning in the valley. And with the inexplicable Haze trend in beer, it was a good match.

Describe this style of beer:

Justin: Brian’s probably going to say something like: “500 years of brewing science to make clear and clean, and all of a sudden everyone wants gunk in their beer.” And he’s not wrong, but at its core, a hazy IPA is a hop-forward beer focusing on juicy tropical hop flavors rather than bitterness. The reality that they’re hazy should be SECOND to the fact that they are meant to be flavor-forward and intense. In my opinion, if you’re getting yeast and acid flavors, you’re just convincing yourself it’s a good beer. A hazy beer can be a fantastic beer if the brewer remembers that the hop flavor comes before haze.

Brian: After trying for 200 years to make the clearest beer possible, now beer drinkers want gloppy, hazy beers…?

Describe its unique flavor:

Justin: Juicy. All the juices. The aroma tends towards lighter tropical fruits with a huge fresh hop note. The flavor is extremely full on the palette with a comprehensive blend of stone fruit, melon, and dank hops.

Brian: You ever jam a bunch of Juicy Fruit gum in your mouth and then drink an IPA? Me either, but that’s probably what it tastes like.

Was there anything memorable or funny that happened during production? Interesting quotes or “accidents”?

Justin: Brian and I actually brewed the first batch of this beer two years ago. We almost killed each other, it was a brew day from hell. One thing after another didn’t go right, then, of course, a bunch of brewers from Summit showed up to say hello. And we stuck the mash bed…but the beer turned out great!

Brian: Look, my mom always told me that if you didn’t want to do something, you should just use the broke record method. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – brewing is a serious business. We don’t allow laughter, shenanigans, screwing around, chicanery, or happiness at the brewery.

If you could pair this beer with food from a place around town, what would it be?

Justin: Something with a lot of heat, but not necessarily spice. Like a strongly flavored taco sauce. Maybe a fish taco? Hazy beer and fish tacos. That’s some trendy shit.

Brian: Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power album and some Slim Jims. Snap into a Slim Jim.

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