The Session #125: SMaSH Beers
The next installment of The Sessions, a.k.a. Beer Blogging Friday, on 7 July 2017, will be hosted here. This is #125 and the topic is SMaSH (single malt, single hop) beers.
Our local, annual SMaSH Fest, part of Central Oregon Beer Week, happened two weekends ago. Sadly, I missed it this year due to a bout of illness. When considering whether I was going to make it or not, I jokingly asked myself if single malt and single hop beers can be considered a “thing” (trendy, etc.) until we have coffee-infused, barrel-aged, and fruit SMaSH beers. Maybe we do; I have not seen them yet though.
I will hopefully have brewed my first batch of beer—ignoring that attempt in Belgium in the early 1980s—between this announcement and The Session itself and, wait for it, that beer will be a SMaSH beer. It will be an all-Oregon, not too hoppy American pale, if anything.
- Mecca Grade Estate Malt Lamonta pale malt
- Sterling, 2016 whole flower, hops
- Imperial Yeast A01 House yeast
So, at the moment, at least, it appears I think they have some value.
Here are some potential directions you could consider:
- Answer my question above. Are they trendy? When would they be considered to be trendy? Have you seen/had a variant (x-infused, fruit, …) single malt and single hop beer? More than one?
- What purpose do SMaSH beers fill? For you, personally, and/or generally.
- Do they fill a niche in any beer style space? One that matters to you? Are they a “style,” however you define that?
- Have you ever had an excellent one? As a SMaSH beer or as a beer, period.
- Do you brew them?
- Are there any styles besides pale ale/IPA that can be achieved via a single malt and single hop beer? (How about achieved versus done quite well.)
- Do they offer anything to drinkers, especially non-brewing drinkers?
I consider this to be wide open and am interested in your thoughts, whatever they are, regarding SMaSH beers. I sincerely hope this is not too limiting of a topic in the number of people who have tasted and/or brewed single malt and single hop beers.
Some resources–mostly brewing-focused, sorry–about single malt and single hop beers:
Single-Malt Brewing [All About Beer]
Brew Your Own 20/4 Jul/Aug 2014 Single Malt and Single Hop 55-64
Zymurgy 40/2 Mar/Apr 2017 Uncommon Taste of Place SMaSH recipe 35
This looks like an interesting set of events and I wish more breweries did something similar:
For General Beer Drinker (non-brewer)
I did try to find anything specifically directed more to the drinker/general consumer rather than the brewer but I could not find any. I would be interested in anything along that vein any of you have seen.
For instance, neither Mosher Tasting Beer, 2nd ed. or Alworth, The Beer Bible or Oliver, ed., The Oxford Companion to Beer have anything on SMaSH beer, although single-hopped does make an appearance in some of these.
How to Participate in this month’s The Session
On Friday 7 July, you may comment on this post and leave the URL to your Session post in your comment, or you may email me with your URL at mark . r . lindner @gmail . com, or you may tweet your link with the hashtag #thesession and it wouldn’t hurt to @ me too @bythebbl.
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Within a day or two of the first Friday (July 7th) I will post a round-up of all of the submissions with links.