My Name is JC
With shared values of quality and constant innovation, when a project arises with the team at Yakima Chief Hops, we relish the opportunity. Developed by the Hop Breeding Company, HBC 586 is an experimental variety that has been making some waves amongst the hoppy brewing community. Looking to spotlight this hop at the 2021 Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, YCH connected us with Alvarado Street Brewery, presenting the idea of a collaboration with 586 as the focal point.
Founded by J.C. Hill (another JC!), we found a lot of commonalities with Alvarado Street's portfolio of beers. Dabbling in a huge variety of styles, but best known for their hoppy program, we chose to highlight the dominant brewing styles of our respective coasts by each brewing a West Coast IPA and a New England IPA hopped with HBC 586. Named after the two JC's first interactions, we're pleased to highlight these two distinct approaches to IPA.
Pouring a deep yellow, with just a slight hazy sheen, My Name is JC is the West Coast approach. HBC 586's aromatic profile leans tropical, displaying a medley of ripe mango, guava nectar, and zested citrus. The back of the palate leans traditional, finishing with a soft, piney bitterness. Dry and incredibly approachable, My Name is JC considers techniques gleaned from Alvarado Street and a clean American ale yeast strain to deliver a modern take on a classic.