I did a Pale Ale yesterday with Mrs. R for Big Brew. It was 5 gallons, and was the "Hop 2 It" recipe that was used at the Stan Hieronymus talk at Seattle. Empire hops were used at 6.7% AA. This is a new variety from northern MI, and are thought to be a leftover strain from long ago when that area was producing hops. The strain was found and propagated. The aroma was similar to Cascade, but some that have used it say it has a peppery note. I will post later what I get from the beer, probably in a new thread.
That's awesome! Did you order them from Empire Orchards directly? I am excited to hear how this turns out.
A guy in the club is starting a brewery. He got a box of them from Empire Farms, and offered up 8 oz. to maybe 8 or so on first come first served basis. I will share a few bottles with him.http://empirehopsfarm.com/about-the-farm/
FYI, the Federal License should be approved next week, and he will start brewing. The location is Brighton MI, and the name is Brewery Becker.