Yes, this is true but I went conservative with dark beers. I didn’t want that funk showing up anywhere near my lighter lagers. Might have been okay in an IPA but I just couldn’t risk it at 10 gallons a pop. YMMV. Cheers!!![/quote]
If you’re getting “funk” with Northern Brewer then something is very wrong. In my experience they are clean and neutral enough to blend with almost any variety. I’ve even used them blended with Saaz to bitter Czech Pils with excellent results. Maybe the wholesaler or retailer rather than the hops is the problem here.