Gleaners Mingle

A light bodied pale ale with a pure golden color and an ample effervescence that releases subtle resinous hop aromas.  Munich malt contributes to an intriguing malt overtone that offers more grainy flavors than sweet.  ZYTHOS hops lend delicate pear qualities that complement the clean and refreshing nature of this ale.  A substantial bitterness becomes quickly perceivable and sufficiently lingers between tastes.

  • ABV: 6.0%
  • IBU: 65
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Origin Story

Gleaner's is a pale ale that gets it's name directly from the concept of blending small amounts of different hops to result in an abundance of one "new" hop.  Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers' fields, after they have been commercially harvested, or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. Some ancient cultures promoted gleaning as an early form of a welfare system, referring to the people as Gleaners. In other cultures, it was viewed negatively, as it reminded the wealthy upper class that society was built upon the labor of the working masses, and landowners linked this working class with the growing movement of Socialism. For our purposes, it ties in a theory that Hopunion could possibly be maximizing on entire harvests, practically eliminating a bulk of their waste, while taking advantage of times when the demand for hops are the greatest (a poor growing seasons). However, seeing as this can't be proven, we toss in a jovial word like "mingle," which is a fun reference for coming together or blending. Regardless, we have a wonderful pale ale that will serve as a perfect, lighter bodied bitter alternative amidst all of these excellent, yet filling, stouts that are featured for the colder winter months.


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