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Schell’s Emerald Rye

August Schell Brewing Company has a brand-spanking new beer coming out later this month, Emerald Rye, a hoppy rye lager. At 60 IBUs, we’re looking at a beer with bittering units in the IPA realm and the addition of rye should add a nice, spicy character. So what about Emerald hops? Otherwise known as Smaragd, this is a fairly new German hop variety said to have fruity, floral characteristics. Schell’s describes the beer as having a biscuit-y malt base, deep ruby color, spicy rye and hop presence as well as notes of lemon and marmalade.

I’d like to try it. July 17th is the release date for draft, 6- and 12-packs.


IBU’s: 60
ABV: 6.2%
Malts: 2-row, Vienna, Caramunich, Carvienne, Victory, Rye, Carapils
Hops: Smaragd (German for Emerald), Opal, Tettnang



  1. Ben says:

    Seasonal or year-round? Sounds great. Such IBUs must scare Dave.

  2. Rob Coombs says:

    Have polecat get this stuff to the crystal liquor barrel in crystal MN, thanks, Rob

  3. David Berg says:

    I would say Simcoe and Amarillo are nothing like Smaragd. Plus, it’s much more fun to say.

  4. ryan says:

    Ben… not sure yet. Berg might be willing to share.

    Dave… The more I read, the more I suspect the Amarillo/Simcoe comparison is more marketing than anything. I think I’ll edit accordingly.

  5. David Berg says:

    Oh, sure I can answer Ben. Those IBUs don’t scare me at all.

  6. ryan says:

    Smaragd just doesn’t roll off the tongue like Emerald…

  7. Aubrey says:

    I second Rob on getting it to the Crystal Liquor Barrel. Send some hefeweizen while you’re at it too!

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