Podcast Episode 207: Alma Mader’s Nick Mader Balances Lager with Two Sides of Hazy IPA
For Alma Mader, combining lager brewing with a broad approach to hazy IPA offers the best of both worlds: a dogmatic approach to technical brewing in synergy with a varied program to extract every ounce of flavor from their hops. Founder and Chief Brewer Nick Mader studied and worked with leading breweries before returning home to Kansas City, Missouri to open the eponymous brewery with his wife Tania Hewett-Mader. This studied and nuanced approach to beer design is evident no matter what style you order.
In this episode, Mader first discusses lager beer, including:
- Quality, consistency and expression of Saaz hops
- Use of Noble hops in lagers
- Use of subsequent hop additions in the lager
- Balance bitterness and malty character
- Manipulate the pH to obtain an appropriate expression
- Mastering the minerality
- The significant differences between lager yeast strains
Then the discussion turns to the hazy IPA, and Mader covers:
- Their two-pronged approach to the hazy IPA, with drier, sweeter veins
- Boil additions in misty IPA for a mid-palate hop flavor
- The impact of specific hop varieties on the expression of “juicy”
- The advantage of using gypsum
- A West Coast style approach to the misty IPA
- “Cool-pooling” for a better hop aroma
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