Fresh Hops Watch, 2014 edition

It’s that time of year again—hop harvest season, and the first fresh hop beers are hitting the taps. (I even homebrewed a fresh hop IPA last weekend, which will be ready in a few weeks.) With that in mind, I figured it was time to set up a running tally/list of fresh hop beers available in Central Oregon. I’ll continually update this post (and may keep it pinned on the homepage for a while).

Fresh hops

10 Barrel Brewing:

  • The Boss: On tap 9/12. First of four fresh hop beers from 10 Barrel. 5.5% abv. Hops used: Centennial hops from Umpqua Hop Farms
  • Big Daddy Fresh: Brewed by Shawn Kelso in Boise, will be at the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival. 6.1% abv. Hops used: Centennial from Gooding Hop Farm

Cascade Lakes Brewing:

  • Farmer’s Choice Wet Hop: Coming soon, will be at the Sister Fresh Hop Festival. 5.8% abv. Hops used: 150 lbs. of Centennial from the Umpqua Valley (Sutherlin, OR)

Crux Fermentation Project:

  • Cruxtennial Fresh Hop Belgian Pale Ale: On tap as of September 2. 6% abv. Hops used: Centennial and Crystal
  • Crystal Zwickle Fresh Hop Belgian Pale Ale: On tap now. Will be at the Sister Fresh Hop Festival. 6% abv. Hops used: Crystal
  • Off the Fence Estate Grown Fresh Hop Ale: On tap now. Will be at the Sister Fresh Hop Festival. 5.8% abv. Hops used: Cascade

Deschutes Brewery:

  • Fresh Hop Horse Ridge IPA: On tap as of September 3. 6.1% abv. Will be at the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival. Hops used: Centennial
  • Hop Trip: Available now, on draft and in bottles. 5.4% abv. Hops used: Crystal
  • Fresh Hop Oktoberfest: Coming soon, will be at the Sister Fresh Hop Festival. 5.2% abv. Hops used: Willamette
  • Chasin’ Freshies Fresh Hop IPA: Available now, on draft and in bottles. 7.2% abv. Hops used: Mosaic
  • Fresh Hop Mirror Pond Pub Pale: On tap as of 9/19 (or earlier). 5% abv. Hops used: Cascades from Goschie Farms
  • Fresh Hop King Screamer: On tap as of 9/23. 6.7% abv. Hops used: Mosaic
  • Fresh Hop Kolsch: On tap as of 10/8. 5.1% abv. Hops used: Crystal hops from Goschie Farms

GoodLife Brewing:

  • 150 Hippies Fresh Hop Ale: Coming soon. Co-op brew, with backyard hops provided by locals. 5.3% abv. Hops used: various locally grown

McMenamins Old St. Francis School:

  • Mr. Peacock’s Special Bitter Fresh Hop Ale: On tap now (as of 9/14). Will be at the Sister Fresh Hop Festival. 4.9% abv. Hops used: Fuggles and Mt. Hood from the D&D Ranch in Terrebonne
  • Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale: Release date September 19 (on tap now). Hops used: Brewer’s Gold

Rat Hole Brewing:

  • Fresh Hop Rye IPA: Debuting at the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival. 6.7% abv. Hops used: various locally grown
  • Fresh Hop Blood Orange Pale Ale: Coming soon (perhaps the Fresh Hop Fest). 5% abv. Hops used: various locally grown

Silver Moon Brewing:

  • Hoppopotamus Fresh Hop Ale: Coming soon. 6.4% abv. Hops used: Cascades from Crosby Hop Farm.

Smith Rock Brewing:

  • Fresh Hop IPA: Coming soon.

Solstice Brewing:

Sunriver Brewing:

Three Creeks Brewing:

  • Cone Lick’r Fresh Hop Pale: Release by Sisters Fresh Hop Festival on 9/27. 5% abv. Hops used: 300 lbs. of wet Centennial hops from BC Farms in Woodburn, OR
  • Hop Wrangler Fresh Hop Red: Release by Sisters Fresh Hop Festival on 9/27. 5.8% abv. Hops used: 150 lbs. of freshly harvested Chinook

Worthy Brewing:

  • WorthWild Fresh Hop IPA: On tap at noon on 9/12. Collaboration with Redmond’s Wild Ride Brewing, using hops from the recently-established Smith Rock Hop Farm out in Terrebonne. Hops used: Cascade and Centennial
  • Big Sticky Fresh Hop Pale Ale: On tap 9/16. 5% abv. Hops used: 200 lbs. fresh Meridian from Goschie Farms.
  • Homegrown Fresh Hop IPA: On tap 10/9. Hops used: “13 different types of fresh beauties grown in our hop yard”

Wild Ride Brewing:

  • WorthWild Fresh Hop IPA: Collaboration brew with Worthy (see above), on tap weekend of 9/12.
  • Journey to Planet Fresh Hop: Pale ale. Coming soon, will be at the Sister Fresh Hop Festival. 6.6% abv. Hops used: Nuggest from the Willamette Valley
  • Citranite Fresh Hop: On tap as of 10/7. Hops used: Citra from the Yakima Valley

3 Responses to Fresh Hops Watch, 2014 edition

  1. Jeff Alworth says:

    Good man! I may not be able to keep up the Portland end of this bargain. Glad someone’s on the case.

  2. Thanks Jeff. We’ll see how long I can keep up with it, especially as Deschutes starts cranking them out in earnest. 🙂

  3. Adam says:

    Thanks for posting this list Jon! Fresh hop season is my favorite time of the year for beer. McMenamins/Edgefield hooked me up with a growler of the Thundercone w/ Brewers Gold Hops yesterday. nice spicy hop flavor, very earthy. I liked it. Now gotta track some of the other fresh hop beers down.