Monthly Archives: October 2007

Fresh Hops Week: Just how many are there?

How many fresh/wet hop beers are out there? That’s what I’m wondering. One the one hand, it’s a trend still in its infancy (or at least toddler years), so there’s a finite number of fresh hop beers floating around out there; on the other hand, it seems like every time I turn around, there are more! It’s a moving target. Additionally, it becomes tough to track because none of these beers adhere to a particular … Continue reading →

Fresh Hops Week: Hop Trip

Ah, Hop Trip, Deschutes Brewery‘s flagship fresh hop ale. My third year reviewing it, and (I think) the third year it’s been brewed—this makes it especially interesting because I can track how it has evolved over time. The first year (2005) it was strongly hopped and green and potent—not unlike many of the other wet hops ales being brewed elsewhere. The thing is, anybody can (and does) make a super-hopped beer. Last year, things changed … Continue reading →

Fresh Hops Week: On the origins thereof

Even though the fresh hop craze has been percolating nicely across the (American) brewing scene, it has much of its origins right here in the Pacific Northwest. With Bert Grant, more specifically, according to Jeff: In the mid-90s, he decided to take advantage of the vast wealth of hops that grew within a few miles of his brewery in Yakima (where well over half all domestic hops were grown at the time). He sent folks … Continue reading →

Fresh Hops Week

Since I announced it, it’s come to pass: Theme Week here at The Brew Site, and this month’s first theme is Fresh Hops. It’s harvest season and the (rapidly) growing trend these past few years have been to brew beers with fresh—or "wet" or "green"—hops, literally right off the vine. It’s red hot right now—a perfect topic for the inaugural Theme Week! So expect the majority of blogging this week to be for Fresh Hops … Continue reading →

Oregon winners at the GABF

The Great American Beer Festival wrapped up today, and the 2007 winners are announced. Naturally I’ve gotta highlight the Oregon winners, with a big congrats to my local breweries: Deschutes Brewery and Bend Brewing Company. Deschutes brought home 3 gold medals and the BBC brought home a silver: 4K Pils (Deschutes) – International Style Pilsner category (10 entries) Pub Bitter (Deschutes) – Bitter or Pale Mild Ale category (43 entries) The Abyss (Deschutes) – Imperial … Continue reading →