Our next 2022 IPA Mixed Packs have landed, delivering a pair of new Propagator Series beers that showcase some of our favorite new-age hops.
Conceived at our Propagator R&D Brewhouse in Venice and perfected at our Paso Robles brewery, these IPAs are the latest taste of what’s new from Firestone Walker. You can get them at any of our three California locations or use the Beer Finder to locate them near you.
Galaxy Shapeshifters – Hazy IPA
We’re riffing on the hottest hop in the Southern Hemisphere with Galaxy Shapeshifters, a hazy IPA that blends the best of two worlds.
The highly in-demand Galaxy hop from Australia sets the tone with its intense tropical passionfruit character. To this, we add a complement of Citra from the Pacific Northwest, a go-to hazy hop known for its punchy citrus flavors. As the lines blur from one hop to the other, the result is an explosively juicy beer with flavors that stun the senses.
This beer is inspired by Brewmaster Matt Brynildson’s journeys to hop farms in Victoria and Tasmania, where the Galaxy hop is grown. Galaxy is a bit of a unicorn in the hop world. It’s immensely popular with brewers of hazy IPAs, and is very much in-demand across the globe – to the point that it can be hard for brewers to get their hands on.
“Galaxy is very tropical and intense with flavors of passionfruit, peach, and citrus,” Matt said. “We finally have a solid supply of it, and we were able to really let it loose in this beer.”
As for Citra, it’s another IPA staple that dovetails perfectly with Galaxy. “We’ve joked with our farmer friends Down Under that Galaxy is the Citra hop of Australia,” Matt said. “They’re both really intense and work well together in a hazy IPA.”
All of our 2022 IPA Mixed packs are inspired by music, and we even named each of the beers with the help of a random band name generator. To keep with the spirit, we’ve compiled a playlist of tunes perfect for kicking back with a Galaxy Shapeshifter in hand. Listen below.
Look for Galaxy Shapeshifters in our new canned IPA Mixed Pack alongside IPA favorites from Firestone – Hopnosis, Union Jack, and Mind Haze. It’s rolling out to all Firestone Walker markets now. Use our Beer Finder to locate it near you, or order it online and have it shipped straight to your door.
Idaho Secrets – West Coast IPA
Another headliner takes the stage with Idaho Secrets, a West Coast IPA that features an up-and-coming hop known as Idaho Gem. Grown in its namesake state, Idaho Gem is prized for its floral flavors. We back it up with a heady dose of the Vic Secret hop from Australia, bringing notes of tropical pineapple and citrus into the mix. Each hop plays off the other, creating an IPA loaded with complexity and flavor.
Once considered a tertiary hop-growing region, Idaho has come on strong in recent years. Idaho Gem originates from a multigenerational family hop farm run by sisters Michelle, Andrea, and Diane Gooding. Their proprietary hop, Idaho Gem, offers sweet fruit aromatics with floral flavors of pineapple, blackberry, and mojito.
“We found Idaho Gem to mesh really well with Vic Secret, which is more punch and intense,” Matt said. “Idaho Gem helps mellow it out, and they both play to each other’s strong sides.”
Once you get your hands on a bottle of Idaho Secrets, be sure to queue up our specially-curated playlist for the beer. Stream it now below.
Look for Idaho Secrets in our new bottled IPA Mixed Packs alongside Hopnosis and Union Jack. It’s rolling out now to California, Arizona, and Nevada. Use our Beer Finder to locate a retailer near you.