Last year we sent out over 60 unique beers, including exclusive Hops To Home collaborations, and when we asked our subscribers which one was their favourite the answer was clear: Mountain Culture’s Status Quo New England Pale.
After taking the number one spot for our 2021 packs, we spoke with Mountain Culture’s Founder / Head Brewer DJ McCready to give us a little insight into his Champion beer.
“It’s great news. We were stoked to get that feedback and it’s a beer that we are putting lots of stock behind, and the most time out of any beer that we’ve released at Mountain Culture”
“Opening as a brewpub, I wasn’t looking to be pushing too many giant 8% abv IPAs to people coming in that were wanting to try several different beers, but I also really wanted to play around with that style. At the time, a couple of years ago, there weren’t really any New England Pale ale styles out there, it hadn’t become the popular thing to do yet.
“We were experimenting a lot with these Hazy beers, and it was something that I didn’t have a lot of experience brewing at the time. I was calling people in the States and asking them what they were doing with it, and doing experiments over here”
“We were taking those techniques, like the really big chloride minerality additions in the mashing process, and then doing biotransformation with hops in fermentation but we just wanted to bring that down to a more sessionable level. We were playing around with it and pretty much doing a different version of it every week, using different yeast strains, different hops, different rates of hop additions in the whirlpool and dry hop, and Status Quo is one that we kind of landed on”