Troon Brewing’s A More Perfect Union is an American IPA hopped entirely with a hop variety called Hüll Melon developed at the Hop Research Institute in Hüll, Germany. But what makes this IPA is the unusual conditioning. The ale is brewed with a small amount of lactose and then conditioned on wood from the Palo Santo. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”. Tom let me sniff from a bag containing some wood chips and my nose was filled with the aroma of incense. The tree, part of the citrus family, is related to Frankincense and Myrrh.
This is an unusual brew indeed.
Is beer drinking a spiritual and mystical experience? Can a beer help allay negative energy? Does it have medicinal properties?
I don’t now for sure. But after a pint or two of A More Perfect Union I am less grumpy than when I left the office. This is not unusual after I drink ales from Troon Brewing.