It’s that time of year again — Nugget Nectar season! Get out there and squeeze those hops and enjoy the fresh nectar of the gods.
What is Nugget Nectar?
Tröegs Nugget Nectar is released annually, usually in January. Fresh hops are harvested once a year just for this brew and are blended to create a super fresh Imperial Amber Ale. It’s excessively dry-hopped with Nugget, so if hops aren’t your jam just see yourself out. They shove tons of Nugget, Palisade, Simcoe, Tomahawk, and Warrior hops into the beer resulting in a resinous piney flavored beer with a citrus/mango finish. The hop flavor in this beer is aggressive, and it’s almost like you’re biting right into them with each sip. It’s a lovely orange hue.
Where can I get some?
When Nugget Nectar will be available to you depends on where you are located. For those of us in the Central PA, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, or Ohio areas, Nugget is available now. Next week those in North Central PA, Scranton, State College, and Western PA can grab some and squeeze those hops. Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, and New Jersey can expect it Jan. 23. Connecticut, Mass, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia will get it last on Jan. 30.
While you can definitely get cans, crowlers, growlers, and cases from the brewery or your favorite distributor, the first squeeze events are where it’s at. In conjunction with this once a year release, Tröegs had 8 local artists design limited-edition artwork to pair it with. Each design is unique and available in prints at the first squeeze parties listed on their website. In addition, there are events happening over the next few weeks locally including firkins, meet the artist nights, and more. If this week’s event at the Sturges Speakeasy is any indication, you’ll want to arrive early!
Don’t forget the nitro!
New and exciting this year, Nugget Nectar is now available on nitro. While I don’t usually love IPAs on nitro, it doesn’t matter because as we often forget Nugget Nectar isn’t an IPA, it’s an Imperial Amber Ale. Putting Nugget Nectar on nitro is a game changer. When talking with Tröegs about this nitro edition, I quickly realized that it’s almost a whole separate beer. If they just took Nugget and put it on nitro, you would lose a lot of the punch-you-in-the-face hoppiness of the beer. To counteract this, the nitro version has even more hops added than the regular.
The nitro creaminess with these additional hops is just everything. [Ed.note: Preach, sister.] The resinous hop flavor is definitely there, but it’s a lot softer on the palate and much easier to drink, especially for those of us who sometimes get heartburn/acid reflux from overly hopped up brews. If you have an opportunity to try the nitro version I highly recommend it.
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