Oregon Brewers Guild and Oregon Bounty Produce Fresh Hop Beer Tastivals
This Fall the Oregon Brewers Guild is partnering with Oregon Bounty to produce a series of “Tastivals” to celebrate the release of Oregon’s fresh hop beers. These much anticipated seasonal beers are brewed only once a year during hop harvest, which typically takes place in late August and early September. Beers created using fresh hops instead of traditional dried hops are given unique flavors that simply aren’t available the rest of the year. Similar to a beer festival, each of the four “Tastivals” will offer visitors the opportunity to sample some of the more than 30 beers from across the state crafted using fresh-off-the-vine hops.
“Fresh hops are extremely fragile and need to be dried or used in a brew within 24 hours of picking- so this type of beer is uniquely suited to Oregon where we have the largest amount of aroma and flavor hops grown locally,” says Brian Butenschoen, Executive Director of the Oregon Brewers Guild. “Nowhere else in the United States are so many breweries located so close to the hop fields. The tastivals will give hop enthusiasts an opportunity to celebrate harvest by tasting the enormous variety of fresh hops grown in Oregon and made into beers by Oregon’s craft brewers.”
Fresh Hop “Tastivals” will be held every Saturday during the month of October with scheduled locations including:
- October 6- Hood River Hops, Hood River
- October 13- McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale
- October 20- Ninkasi Brewing Company, Eugene
- October 27- Deschutes Brewery, Bend
Admission to the Tastivals is free of charge. Souvenir tasting glasses are required to sample beers and are available for $5. Beer samples are $1 each. Food will also be available for purchase.
For more information about the tastivals or seasonal fresh hop beers please visit http://www.traveloregon.com/Bounty.
The Oregon Brewers Guild is Oregon’s non-profit trade association for the state’s independent breweries. The Guild, which receives no state funding, comprises 49 breweries, 30 associate or supplier members and more than 1,750 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). For more information, see www.oregonbeer.org.
About Oregon Bounty
Each October and November, Oregon’s winemakers, cheese makers, brewmasters, chefs, growers and producers come together for a celebration of Oregon Bounty. In addition to intimate food and wine events, visitors can purchase special packages that offer them one-on-one time with Oregon’s culinary talent. Visitors can spend the day making wine with an Oregon vintner, making suds with a craft brewmaster, foraging for chanterelles in Mt. Hood’s foothills-even cruising a farmers’ market with a local chef in search of ingredients for a private cooking class. It’s all part of the annual Oregon Bounty Celebration.