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Our Beers

Hopshire Farm and Brewery is proud to offer a wide range of beer styles to choose from. Below you can see our full line of beers which have been divided into three categories – Mellow, Middling, and Mighty.

Current Beers on Tap

Mellow Beers

They have been called session ales, lawnmower beers, and crossovers. These beers are strong on flavor, low in alcohol and tame in hop bitterness. At Hopshire we offer fruit beers, wheat beers, lighter ales and light lagers to quench your thirst. Grab a growler or two of these drinkable brews.

Amber Glass

New York barley malt and British amber are used to create a malty harvest ale. The hops in this beer are New York grown Cascade and Willamette. An easy beer to drink as the season changes.

Beehave

This beer is made with 100% New York grown ingredients! Barley, hops and lots of local honey are used to make this brew.  This ale is light in color with a mellow honey flavor and a rich body.   Catch a buzz.

Brambles

Nothing says summer like the smell and taste of fresh raspberries. We have captured that flavor in Brambles raspberry wheat beer. This beer uses NY grown barley and wheat malts and nearly 50 pounds of pure raspberry puree. Unfiltered and no preservatives like all of the Hopshire beers. Enjoy!

Hoppenbeck Cider

In collaboration with Hollenbeck’s Cider Mill in Virgil, NY we are proud to present our first hard cider.    Using 100% Northern apples this cider is dry with great apple nose and flavor.

Middling Beers

This category contains the core of craft beers – pale ales, IPAs, red and brown ales. These beers are higher in alcohol, offer more malty flavor and may feature lots of hop flavor and bitterness. Watch for us to sneak in a small Belgian beer or a big wheat beer into this group.

‘Round Yon Virgil

The holidays are a special time deserving of a special beer. This Brown Ale is brewed with NY pale malt along with carabrown and Munich malts to create a rich malty base. Willamette hops from Whipple Bros. Farm are in conjunction with Summit and Cascade hops. The fun begins when we add brown sugar, fresh ginger root, cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice. Reminiscent of a busy holiday kitchen….. “all is calm, all is bright”.

Boggled

At the first tasting of this beer our customers expressed the following words: WOW!, tart, beermosa, fruity, yummy. The crisp, dry flavor of 100% pure cranberry juice is balanced by the fruity flavors of Belgian Saison yeast and a dash of orange peel. This delicious beer will complement your Thanksgiving meal or stand alone as a meal on its own. Drink up, Pilgrims.

coHOPeration

A mix of hops from 30 local growers dominates this fresh hop ale. The malty foundation includes pale, Munich, carapils and a little dark crystal. The hops were mostly Cascade but we also received Centennial, Nugget, Williamette, Chinook, Cluster, Newport and some mystery hops. These hops were added to the boil as wet hops… over 40 pounds of them. Then we dry hopped with more Cascade and Centennial hops. The result is a taste that is power packed with citrus, grapefruit and puckering tartness. Too hoppy??? Don’t blame us. You grew the hops.

Dragon Ash

A porter is a hearty ale historically enjoyed by the working class. Our porter commemorates the rich maltiness of several dark roasted barely malts. Lighter in body than a stout, a porter is an exceptionally smooth beer to drink. Kent Godings hops are used sparingly to keep the bitterness low and let the malt shine, After a hard week of work, we have what you need and what describes you…. Dragon Ash.

Hamlet of Varna

To hop or not to hop….., This IPA is refreshing and lower in ABV so you can enjoy more of it. Only light grains, pale, Vienna and Pilsen malt are used. The hops are a combination of west coast Mosaic and NY grown Cascade for both the boil and dry hopping. The taste is bitter sweet with a fruitiness contributed by the Mosaic hops. Hop on your lawnmower and put a pint in the cup holder.

Haze in the Hollow

Juicy.   That is the best description for the new style of beer called New England IPA.  True to style this beer is brewed with no hops in the boil.  Then a boatload of Citra, Mosaic, Centennial and Galaxy hops are used after the boil and for dry hopping.  The result is a beer with intense aroma and flavors of citrus and tropical fruits.  You don’t have to wait in line for this beer at Hopshire and you can have a couple glasses at the bar.

Ithaca is Oranges

Sour beer fans, this one is for you.    This very tart kettle sour has a citrus kick from blood orange.  Kettle sours are traditional in European beers and use lactobacillus to lower the pH of the beer.  The name is our respectful nod to that other famous Ithaca slogan.

Kettle Belle

This brew is a traditional European style of sour ale that uses lactobacillus to sour the wort prior to boiling.   The result is a beer that is clean, tart and fruity that is extremely refreshing in hot weather.  During the boil lemon peel and lemon grass are added to complement the tartness of the beer.   Get a good summer workout than grab a kettle belle.

Love Inn Ale

Enjoy a light and flavorful hefe. In tribute to our neighbors this beer channels the “Summer of Love” 1960’s style.   Brewed with barley and wheat malt this beer is then fermented using a traditional German weizen yeast giving it a balance of clove and banana flavors.  Garnish with an orange slice if you must.

Peace and Love from Hopshire

Shire Ale

A malty brown ale fermented with Scottish Edinburgh yeast. Flaked oats and six different barley malts including chocolate, dark crystal and amber malts are used in this rich tasting ale. Lightly hopped to let out the sweetness of the malt. A fun beer to make and a fun beer to drink.

Sneaky Weasel

Wheat malt and lager yeast fermentation give this beer the feel of a lighter beer.  Chocolate and dark caramel malts provide a richness that is sensuous on the tongue.  This is a big beer that drinks like a light beer.  Watch out for the Sneaky Weasel!

The Barley Stone

True to the Irish heritage of this beer style we have used 40 pounds of unmalted, roasted barley in the grain bill. Roasted barley provides the nose and taste of dark roasted coffee, then this dark ale is lightly hopped with New York Willamette and British Kent Goldings varieties. You will bend over backwards enjoying the Barley Stone.

Mighty Beers

These beers are not for the timid. This group includes beers with dark roasty malts, high alcohol content or over-the-top hops. Belgian beers with high ABV are in this group. These are sipping beers to be enjoyed in small glasses with friends.

Abbey Normale

This rich tasting Belgian ale will give you subtle tastes of raisin, peppercorns, licorice, and caramel blended in a hearty brown ale. The brewing grains are Pilsen, dark crystal, Vienna and Special B. We also add 50 lbs of dark Belgian candy syrup to the boil and a small, but important bag of spices. Lightly hopped with Sterling hops. This is not a normal Belgian ale…..it is Abbey Normale.

Acers Wild

This surprisingly smooth ale is brewed with Grade A New York maple syrup and barley malt and lightly hopped with Cascade hops to reinforce its American ale character. Sip it in small glasses and share with friends, you deserve it.

Bourbon Shire

This is the barrel aged version of our popular Shire Ale.   This batch was aged in fresh barrels from Buffalo Trace bourbon.   The barrel version is much drier than the original Shire and, of course, has a full nose and taste of bourbon and oak.   Just what you need to sip on cold nights.

Frisky Imp

One reason we opened a brewery was to brew this beer. The marriage of a strong stout and a used whiskey barrel is just too good to resist.   Our imperial stout is brewed with pale malt and Cascade hops which are both grown in NY.  We also use roasted barley, dark caramel and chocolate malts from a traditional British maltster.  After fermentation the stout has been aged in fresh Kentucky bourbon barrels.  Feeling frisky?

Near Varna

A hop farm needs a big American IPA. We start with a solid malt base of pale and caramel malts and then add hops (a lot of them!) five times during the boil. We don’t stop there. We add to the serving tank in a process we call “Laced with hops”. Hopheads – find your NearVarna.

Sympathy

“Please allow me to introduce myself…”

Belgian strong golden ales are deceptive brews, hence names that are often references to the devil. Originally brewed to counter balance the flood of pale ales in Europe after WWII, we believe this is the right beer to share the board with summer ales. Our strong golden is brewed with NY grown pilsen malt and Willamette hops combined with Belgian malts and Czech saaz hops. The body and color are very light to allow the light fruit and spice flavors generated by Trappist yeast to tease.

“Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name

Zingabeer

Unlike any beer you have had. Pilsner, Munich and Belgian malts form the base for this beer which is fermented with Belgian abbey ale yeast. Fresh, grated ginger grown locally at Good Life Farm is added to the boil. Delicious with Thai food.

Archived Beers

Daddy-O

Maris Otter malt, Fuggles hops and a British yeast are used in this classic style called an Extra Special Bitter. An ESB is characterized by a “biscuit” maltiness and a slight bread-like flavor from the British yeast.  Traditional ales like this have been served in European pubs for centuries.

Fiddler’s Grain

Another intercontinental brew from Hopshire. Malted barley and hops from New York and England are combined to make this malty tasting ale. The malts are 2 row pale, Maris Otter, amber and chocolate while Nugget, Willamette and Kent Goldings hops are used. Local honey is also added for a subtle taste and lighter body. Irish ale yeast is present in the nose and taste. Have a big glass, this beer has a lower ABV and a smooth taste.

Hop Onyx

This Cascadian ale gets a roasty taste from a big dose of dark crystal malt and a dash of roasted barley. Aggressive hop flavor from Nugget and Falconer’s Flight (a blend of the 7 C’s of hops) added during the boil. “Laced with hops” in the serving tank using Cascade and Nugget. Enjoy the darker side of hops.

Hopscene Gesture

The HOP SCENE in New York is improving with each season and since we are in the FINGER Lakes there was only one possible name for this double IPA. We pulled many pounds of local Cascade, Chinook and Centennial hops from the freezer for this brew that is big, bold and bitter. This is a sipper to enjoy in small glasses. If you know someone who likes their beer extremely bitter…..give ‘em the bird.

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