Last year, Sierra Nevada Brewing brought its new Hop Splash – Sparkling Hop-Infused Water to the marketplace with a limited release. One could only find this hopcentric beverage at either of the two Sierra Nevada breweries or by ordering online. Now one year later, Hop Splash is available nationwide at select retailers.
Hop Splash is 100% free of alcohol, calories, carbs, and sugar. It’s an excellent choice for those abstaining from alcohol, cutting back or just want the refreshing flavor of hops during the workday.
In producing Hop Splash, the brew team starts with the same water that Sierra Nevada uses to brew its beer. It’s carbon-filtered and pH-adjusted to ensure the highest-quality H20 out of the gate. Then they dry-hop the water tank and experimented with a variety of hops, landing on Citra and Amarillo hops.
“If you’re a beer drinker and you don’t want to drink a beer for whatever reason, and you want something that scratches the itch a little bit, this does for sure,” says Sierra Nevada innovation brewer Isaiah Mangold, in a statement. “In beer, hops are complemented by the malt, alcohol, yeast profile, all these other flavors. But in water, it’s only the hops. Even small tweaks in the brewing process can extract more of the polyphenol hop components, which are perceived as bitter or astringent. We know Citra and Amarillo in a dry-hopped beer, but they express totally different in hop water. They have very fruit-forward aromatics, not grassy. People may think there’s actually fruit in Hop Splash, but there’s not — it’s just hops.”
Upon revisiting Hop Splash, this light beverage with zero calories, carbs and alcohol is a refreshing choice for that craving of a hopped sparkling beverage. This hop combination of Citra and Amarillo brings forth pleasant and refreshing tropical flavors of peach, mango, and grapefruit in a carbonated 12oz can. It’s quiet refreshing and one that
Hop Splash can be found at select Whole Food stores and other retailers nationwide using the Sierra Nevada Beer Finder. In the Portland metro area we have found it at Whole Foods in Portland’s Pearl District and at Total Wine in Vancouver, Washington. Hop Splash can also be ordered online with up to 15% savings and free shipping via shop.sierranevada.com.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.