Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Spirits >
May 27, 2011 12:12 PM


Has anyone tried Hopquila? -

Sounds interesting and I was wondering if it would be worth my time to track it down as I don't think it's in wide distribution

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I probably won't be of much help, but i have tried it.

    In fact, I just had it in a drink 2 nights ago. It was in a "Quila Sidecar". A sidecar made with the Hopquila instead of brandy. I enjoyed it, tasted like a sidecar made with tequila instead of brandy :-)

    I've never tried a sidecar made with an actual tequila, good or bad, so I don't have any comparison there!

    I also tasted it neat last fall. I don't recall any nuances, however. And I'm not a tequila connosiseur, either. Let's just say I didn't dislike it!

    We didn't end up buying any, but I did get some of New Holland's Knickerbocker Gin. I do really like that, but then I'm a gin Gal :-)

    1. Odd name for a barley-based spirit -- no agave (according to the site cited). I like the idea of hops in a spirit.... | Craft + Collect + Concoct + Categorize + Community

      1 Reply
      1. re: EvergreenDan

        Sounds like it may be an interesting experiment to infuse some hops into one of the cheaper tequilas out there to see what comes of it, but I think it would be a hell of a wrong thing to do to a good tequila. Then again, what do I know....

        If the Hopquila is barley based with no agave, it sounds to me more like a hopped Irish or Scotch whiskey.

      2. Thanks for the replies. I drink tequila, bourbon and/or whiskey. I may try and get my hands on some of this just to try for the novelty of it.

        1 Reply
        1. I haven't tried the hopquila, but am a fan of their gin. I am very curious about the Hopquila. Unaged malt whiskey, with Centennial hops. Centennial is one of the three big hops used by American, especially western, micro-brewers. Very fragrant, fruity, herbal, and spicy.

          6 Replies
          1. re: JMF

            I would think Citra hops might be interesting, perhaps in a gin-type infusion - they are the ones used in Sierra Nevada torpedo which I like a lot, very citrusy character, primarily grapefruit.

            1. re: JMF

              Just toured the distillery and tried their offerings this weekend. I have seen the Hopquila in stores and been annoyed by the name, because it really is an infused whiskey - I really think the name implies it is a hop-infused tequila. It does, however, have a flavor profile that reminds me of tequila - sort of half-agave, half-herbal from the hops. It was like nothing else I have ever tasted, but I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. I really enjoyed their gin and their white rum, and the gin in particular struck me as an excellent value.

              Kind of a neat operation, though - they just got a new still and are working on adapting their recipes to it so they can increase production. Pretty much a one-man operation, but he sounds like a very passionate guy.

              1. re: Wahooty

                Ya sold me. I think I'm going to have to order some on-line and check it out :-)

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  Aw, c'mon...let's face were already pretty much sold, weren't you? ;)

                  I'd be interested to hear what you think, since I'm still not sold based on the small taste I had of it. I thought it was interesting, but still am not convinced I would ever choose it over either tequila or whiskey.

                  1. re: Wahooty

                    No, actually, I wasn't sold :-)

                    I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around the concept. Tequila, bourbon/whiskey are my favorite spirits and I'm not especially a hop head when it comes to beer. Trying to imagine all these different flavors, I couldn't really come up with a clue as tow hat it might taste like. Is it inspired genius in that mad-distiller kind of way, or does it fall into the what were they thinking category.

                    Only one way to find out, right ;-)

                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      Well, let me clear up one doesn't taste like whiskey, since there is no barrel time whatsoever. And, at least in my opinion, it doesn't taste like a hoppy beer at all (I usually get a stronger floral/citrus hit from IPAs and such than I did from the hopquila). And I love both of those things, as well as tequila. I'm not sure it's in either category you mention...for me, it falls in the " THAT'S what that's like" category. Not genius, just unique, but also far from offensive.

                      I have the distiller's card, and am hoping to strike up some conversation with him, just so I can learn more. Beerheads can home-brew, as can winos, but your DIY boozehound has to satisfy their curiosity by picking the brains of the pros. :)