Reviews: A trio of Washington fresh hop beers

Nope, I am not done talking about fresh hop beers yet! (Just wait until I start in on the pumpkin beers…) Technically yes, the season is over, though there are the bottled versions on the shelves now (especially considering Lagunitas’ Born Yesterday was just released five days ago) so if you … Continue reading

Received: Deschutes Fresh Hop Ales

Even though we’re at the tail end of fresh hop season, the bottles are flowing, and this week I received these from Deschutes Brewery: I’ve had both already this season (of course!) but it’s always nice to see them arrive in bottles. And now that the draft season of the … Continue reading

Received: Lagunitas Born Yesterday

A PR care package came from Lagunitas Brewing today, featuring their new Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale: This is the beer first reported on during the Beer Bloggers Conference, with the ambitious goal of being on shelves within 24 hours of fresh hopping. Which left many (myself included) scratching their … Continue reading

Sisters Fresh Hop Fest, and some thoughts on fresh hop beers

I attended and thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Sisters Fresh Hop Festival this past Saturday, and while I don’t have a review with pictures per se (as the setting, layout, attendance, and so on was basically the same as in past years, and you can review some of my past reviews … Continue reading

The Sisters Fresh Hop Festival is bringing the hops

Update 9/25: The online list has been updated, specifying some unknowns and revealing some last-minute changes. I have updated the list below and the hop counts accordingly. As if you weren’t getting enough fresh hops-related posts from the site lately, it’s time to start talking up the Sisters Fresh Hop … Continue reading

Drinking: Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale

After mowing the lawn tonight I opened up that growler of Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale that I picked up from McMenamins yesterday, a nice fresh hop follow-up to mowing and raking up freshly-cut grass. This is a tasty beer, and I’m writing down these notes even as I’m drinking it—sort … Continue reading

Received: McMenamins Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale (2014)

I picked up a growler of the soon-to-be-released Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale from McMenamins Old St. Francis School today, courtesy of McMenamins: It’s slated to be released this Friday, September 19, but I got the sneak preview (though I haven’t cracked this growler yet—had plans this evening!). Each year the … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … 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 … Continue reading