Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution 005...$9.99 / 6pk Cans
Now in rotation: Revolution No. 005, 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. 005 is driven by a mix of five different hop varieties, led by an emerging American cultivar that will have hop heads rejoicing.
While Revolution No. 004 largely detoured to the Southern Hemisphere with a selection of South African hops, Revolution No. 005 returns to the homefront with an emphasis on an emerging hop grown in Washington’s Moxee Valley.
“This hop is loaded with tropical qualities like mango, pineapple and papaya, with less of that classic American grapefruit character,” says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “It’s really fresh and interesting.”
He adds, “I’ve been intrigued with this hop for some time, but there wasn’t a place for it in our existing beers until we launched Luponic Distortion as a revolving hop series last year. One of the first things I did was put the wheels in motion to get some contracted for a future revolution, and now here we are.”
Remixed & Reloaded
Several of the hops in Revolution No. 005 were grown in the Yakima region at Roy Farms, with whom Matt has a longtime relationship. “They are outstanding growers, and the 2016 growing season was phenomenal, so we’re really excited about what we’re working with,” he says.
In total, Revolution No. 005 includes four hops from the United States and one from Germany.
“Revolution No. 005 hearkens back to some of the earlier revolutions with a really assertive tropical fruit character, yet it has its own unique signature,” Matt says. “We threw folks a bit of a curveball with the more restrained hops in Revolution No. 004, and now we’re changing it up again. That’s the point of Luponic Distortion—to keep everyone, including ourselves, on their toes.”