Consider this a beer education from Smokehouse School of Beer

Adding hops! Photo courtesy of Smokehouse

Hopheads now have another way to explore exotic hops through Columbus brews.

With the recent announcement of new brewmaster Sam Hickey, Smokehouse Brewing is continuing to distinguish itself and its beer offerings. The latest move is to use its weekly Firkin Friday rotation to showcase different versions of its signature MacLenny's Scottish Ale.

Smokehouse owner Lenny Kolada said to "consider this a beer education from Smokehouse S.O.B. (School of Beer) for the price of a pint." Kolada and his crew are using their regular Firkin Fridays to showcase different Scottish Ale versions. (A firkin is a small cask from which the beer is served directly, without any carbonation forced into it.) The Scottish Ale will be dry-hopped with a range of exotic hops, giving customers a chance to explore the different varietals.

The new firkin offerings started last week with Equinox hops. Hop Exploration Series No. 2 will be offered next week Friday, Feb. 20. The ale will be hopped with the blackberry-like Pacific Gem from New Zealand. Upcoming brews in the series will feature Wakatu, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka hop varietals, all of which originate from New Zealand.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.comand authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus," with a second edition coming spring 2015. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.