Aren’t modern hop extracts and hop pellets just as good as whole hops?
    Nope.  Agricultural products are too complex to be easily transformed into a more convenient package without losing some of their subtleties.  Pellets, and even extracts, work well enough for the initial “bittering” stage of brewing, but can’t match the complex aroma and flavor that come from whole hops late in the process.  We condition our beer for weeks over whole-flower hops to ensure a smooth taste and rich aroma.  We are among the few brewers in the country to use whole hops in every beer.
What does the bottling date mean to me?
    Unlike mass-produced pasteurized beers and filtered craft beers, Tuppers’ Hop Pocket is bottled with a small amount of live yeast in the bottle.  This ensures that the complex flavor of Tuppers’ Hop Pocket Ale will continue to evolve for several months if it’s kept in a cool dark place.  Over that time, the assertive hop character recedes a bit and more of the malty, caramel flavors emerge.  Some of our customers like the spicy hoppiness of the ale when it is young, while others prefer to set it aside for a
couple of months.   The bottling date helps you make the choice of when to enjoy it.
Who are the Tuppers?
    Bob and Ellie Tupper started taking notes on beer over 25 years ago and have visited hundreds of breweries in the United States and Europe to find out how the world’s best brewers make great beer.  They shared what they learned with the skilled craft brewers at Old Dominion Brewing Company to create Tuppers’ Hop Pocket Ale.  They have now tasted and evaluated over 14,200 beers.
What is a hop pocket?
    A hop pocket is the large sack in which hop producers send whole hops to breweries.  When the Tuppers began their beer odyssey, many brewers used whole hops, and one of the best parts of a brewery tour was smelling the wonderfully herbal aroma that came from the hop pockets in the brewery storeroom.  The Tuppers wanted every bottle of their beer to have the aroma of a newly opened hop pocket.