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Luponic Distortion 006

Luponic Distortion Revolution 006

Now in rotation: Revolution No. 006, the latest release in Firestone Walker’s Luponic Distortion revolving hop series, featuring yet another trailblazing blend of distinctive hops.

True to form, Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 006 is driven by a mix of seven different hop varieties, led by two hops grown in the up-and-coming region of Michigan. 

Northwest meets Midwest

Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 006 is the first-ever West Coast production beer to focus on hops grown in the Great Lakes State.

“This beer showcases what happens when you take two familiar Northwest hop varieties and grow them 2,000 miles to the east,” says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “The typical piney, dank attributes of these hops are transformed into something much brighter, with a racy citrus quality that adds yet another new layer to the lore of Luponic Distortion.”

The journey of this beer dates back several years, when Matt befriended Nunzino Pizza, founder of Michigan’s Hop Head Farms. They met through mutual Midwest connections, and later toured numerous German hop farms together in 2013. “These guys are really committed to the German style of cultivation and kilning,” he says. “Their hops have been on my radar for several years now, and I’ve just been waiting for the chance.”

Opportunity Knocks

That chance came when Matt recently brewed a collaboration beer with DC Brau, which featured hops grown by Hop Head Farms.

“We had a bunch of their hops on the table, and I was rubbing and smelling them, and the wheels started turning,” Matt says. “I was blown away by the different aromas of these familiar American hops when grown in Michigan. Two in particular stood out, and I made a call to Hop Head Farms and was able to secure just enough for the dry hopping of Revolution 006.”

The result is a beer that detours from Revolution 005’s more tropical tones and into a bright, citrusy grapefruit territory.

As Matt puts it, “Luponic Distortion Revolution 006 is a perfect example of how terroir plays into hop growing, and how it ultimately shapes beer flavor and aroma.”

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