Hopsylvania IPA

Homebrewing project by Radu Luchian

Beers

Dust N' Bones

American Pale Ale

My first attempt at all grain brewing, the Dust N' Bones is an experimental pale ale, packed with American hops and with half of the batch additionally dry hopped with Romanian wild hops, to give it an authentic touch.

  • Malts: Pale Ale, Carapils, Melanoidin, Caramel
  • Hops: Citra, Romanian wild hops
  • Yeast: Wyeast #1056
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Bad Cat

Imperial Red Ale

My second experiment with extract kits, this homebrew allowed me to add the aroma hops myself for the first time and also ended up with quite a big 24L batch. Final beer was more sour than expected and had quite the off taste.

  • Malts: Bulldog Brews extract
  • Hops: Amarillo, Willamette
  • Yeast: Bulldog Brews 32053
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IPA

India Pale Ale

My first contact with homebrewing, this IPA was made from a full extract kit by Brewferm. The simple to follow instructions and straightforward process made it the gateway homebrew for me, despite the disappointing end result.

  • Malts: Brewferm hopped extract
  • Yeast: Brewferm top yeast
  • Extras: Sweet orange peel, coriander seed, cardamom
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Merchandise

Hopsylvania T-Shirt

Dust N' Bones T-Shirts

Premium T-shirts for men & women, made of 100% cotton.

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Hopsylvania T-Shirt

T-Shirts

Premium T-shirts for men & women, made of 100% cotton.

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Hopsylvania Longsleeve Shirt

Longsleeve Shirts

Light & formfitting longsleeve shirts, made of 100% cotton.

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Hopsylvania Tank Top

Tank Tops

Sporty, premium quality tank tops, made of 100% cotton.

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Hopsylvania Buttons

Mugs

Lift your morning mood by giving your hot brew a great look.

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Hopsylvania Buttons

Stickers

Vinyl stickers at 75mm diameter to enhance your gear.

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Hopsylvania Buttons

Buttons

Pack of 5 small metal buttons at 25mm in diameter.

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Hopsylvania Buttons

Tote Bags

Reliable and stylish, this classic bag is made of 100% cotton.

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About

Some time ago I was enjoying an Imperial Red Ale brewed by a good friend of mine at his place in Amsterdam. That was when George first slipped the Hopsylvania name into the conversation. Depite being a beer enthusiast at the time, I had not yet gotten into homebrewing myself. A few years later and I was just finishing labeling a sixty bottle batch of the very same Imperial Red Ale, brewed from the same kit and branded as Hopsylvania.

It all started off as a label idea for that one IPA but ended up a full-blown branding project that required time, dedication, creativity and patience. This website is just a small part of the bigger whole that is Hopsylvania; a project on which I loved working because I love beer, but most of all I loved working on it because it was the sum of everything that made me the designer I am today.

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