Tag Archives: fresh hops

Hop Trip and Chasin’ Freshies 2013

After a lengthy study of this year’s onslaught of fresh hops beers (I’ve kept track of over two dozen) I have to conclude that generally this year’s hop crops were milder and less fruity-fragrant than in past years, tending towards earthier aromas. It’s not a bad thing, rather just an observation on the nature of agricultural products and how they can change every year; by and large we’ve been trained not to think in terms … Continue reading →

Sisters Fresh Hop Festival in review

On Saturday we attended the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival that took place in, er, Sisters, and even though the weather wasn’t nearly as nice as in past years (it was drizzly and cool, which meant we spent all of the time under the main tent), we had a good time and enjoyed a wider selection of fresh hop beers than ever. Herewith are some notes and pictures. The press release had listed 17 breweries, and … Continue reading →

Sisters Fresh Hop Festival, this Saturday the 28th

This Saturday the 28th is definitely “Fresh Hop Day” across the state of Oregon, and while there’s been a ton of ink devoted to that big festival up in Hood River, there is also the fourth annual Sisters Fresh Hop Festival taking place here in Central Oregon which is offering up fresh hop beers from 17 breweries this year and might be a little more accessible to locals that going to Hood River for the … Continue reading →

McMenamins Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale

Yesterday I wrote that I’d received a free growler of McMenamins’ Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale, the one brewed here in Bend at the Old St. Francis School, and that it’s my first fresh hop beer of the season. The usual disclaimers apply: it’s received as an unsolicited PR item with no expectation of anything in return—good, bad, or indifferent. I do like to make a point of writing about what I receive and drink, and … Continue reading →

Hop harvest ideas, free for the taking

The hop harvesting season is upon us (as you’ve no doubt noticed in my “Fresh Hop Watch” lists in the daily news posts) and I’ve been thinking about harvesting hops: I have my own small hop plant in the yard with flowers on it ready to be picked any time, and recently a friend of my wife’s posted on Facebook that they have hops with a ton of flowers in their yard that they won’t … Continue reading →