Tag Archives: fresh hops

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 →

Chasin’ Freshies

Deschutes Brewery’s Chasin’ Freshies is a remarkable beer. And not because the Brewery sent me a bottle of it; there are, rather, several other reasons why. First, like last year’s Fresh Hop Mirror Pond (another remarkable beer), the fresh hops in Chasin’ Freshies come from the heirloom Cascade hop strain (taken from the original 1972 cuttins!) that Deschutes invested years of time and money into growing at Goschie Farms. There’s a beer geek factor at … Continue reading →

Received: Fresh hop beers from Deschutes

Several beers from Deschutes Brewery arrived today: Super-fresh bottles of fresh hop beers! Ironically I just bought a bottle of Chasin’ Freshies on Friday but I’m more than happy to drink two. (Or more!)

Sisters Fresh Hop Festival (2012)

This weekend was a big day for fresh hops here in Oregon: both the Hood River Hops Fest and the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival took place on Saturday, the first year they both occurred on the same day I believe. Both are in the same vein but the Hood River festival is bigger (with more breweries and 51 fresh hop beers on tap) while the Sisters festival is more smaller and more intimate and provides … Continue reading →