Tag Archives: Fresh Hops Week

Fresh Hops Week: The bottled list

Earlier in the week I was ruminating on the overall number of fresh hop beers out there, but the conclusion is that it’s really a moving target: many (most) are highly seasonal, draft-only batches (often one-offs) usually only available on location. So I did deeper research, looking for breweries that bottle (or, in the case of several, bottled and have since retired) their fresh hop beers and tallying the results. The list is pretty small; … Continue reading →

Fresh Hops Week: Three more reviews

The problem with reviewing fresh hop beers is that they’re so regional; the only one I’ve thus far been able to get in the bottle is (local) Hop Trip, and unless I’m willing to travel (which obviously isn’t convenient), the only other ones available to me are ultra-local brews—which, unless you live in Central Oregon, you won’t get to experience. (Of course, if I make it to the Fresh Hop Tastival, I’ll have broadened my … Continue reading →

Fresh Hops Week: Fresh Hop Tastival

I’d previously mentioned (briefly) a bit about the Fresh Hop Beer Tastival coming here to Bend at the end of the month, but I hadn’t expanded upon it. Essentially, it’s a traveling beer festival, dedicated to fresh hop beers from Oregon brewers, and it’s been hitting a different city each weekend this month. It started in Hood River, then Portland, this weekend (the 20th) it will be in Eugene, and finally in Bend on the … Continue reading →

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 →