33 Books Co. just announced a brand-new edition of its popular beer-tasting journal. 33 Bottles of Beer: Fresh Hop Special Edition is a new take on the popular series of 33 Beers pocket beer-tasting notebooks. This edition is specially designed for sampling hop-forward styles such as IPAs, milkshake IPAs, New England IPA (or Hazy IPAs) and seasonal fresh or wet hop beers. Examples of all of these are coming into the market now as the Pacific Northwest begins its annual hop harvest.
“I love all beer styles,” said Dave Selden, who started 33 Books Co. as a side project to his weekend beer blogging. “But it should be obvious if you’ve ever met me — I have a hop vine tattoo covering most of my right arm — I tend to gravitate towards hoppy beers.”
As with Selden’s flagship beer journal, 33 Beers: Fresh Hop Edition contains 33 pages of note-taking space, made simple with a page format designed to help tasters quickly capture relevant beer stats and flavors, including his signature flavor wheel.
“The flavor wheel in this book is all about appreciating hop flavor and aroma,” said Selden. “The adjective dank isn’t one you often use to describe stouts or pilsners, but if you’ve ever had a hoppy beer with lots of Columbus hops in it, you know how useful that note can be.”
Other adjectives on the wheel in this edition include “herbal/grassy,” “citrus,” “floral” and even “vegetal,” which sometimes occurs in fresh hop beers, just now coming into season in the Pacific Northwest, where the books are designed, tested and printed.
The hop-focused beer logs are available now for $5 each at 33Books.com and at finer bottle shops and bookstores. Volume pricing for interested retailers can be obtained by e-mailing [email protected].