Ah, fall. It’s harvest beer season and around the Pacific Northwest that largely means fresh hop beers, a brewing trend that has grown to prominence here due to the close proximity of the hop farms (most breweries are within a few hours’ drive). Not only do beers brewed with fresh hops (freshly picked off the vine, and not yet dried—or “wet”) make their appearance this time of year, but a number of events and festivals … Continue reading →
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Of the 12(!) fresh hop beers that Deschutes Brewery will be brewing this year, only two are making it to bottles: Hop Trip, which has of course been their go-to fresh hop ale since (at least) 2005, and a new one: Chasin’ Freshies Fresh Hop IPA. This is replacing last year’s Fresh Hop Mirror Pond though it’s using the same original Cascades hop strain that the Mirror Pond used. From the tip sheet: Born in … Continue reading →
I like the 12-ounce bottles of Deschutes Brewery’s Hop Trip that are out this year (recall that Deschutes sent me three); being able to grab a standard-sized bottled rather than a bomber gives it a more casual air, and I’d rather have a six-pack than a single big bottle or two because with something like this you may not only want to drink just one. As far as I’m concerned Hop Trip is one of … Continue reading →
These came for me yesterday from Deschutes Brewery: Three bottles of delicious Hop Trip—and notice that this year, they are in 12-ounce bottles and not the 22-ounce bombers of previous years. I think this will make Hop Trip a bit more accessible since it’s available by the six-pack; regardless, I know what I’ll be drinking this weekend.
I couldn’t resist looking at the Deschutes Brewing Fresh Hop Mirror Pond Pale Ale that I received in the fridge for too long; so of course it didn’t take me long to crack it open to drink and write about it. Aside from the high praise that this beer has been universally getting, one big reason I was excited for this beer was the sheer beer (and hops) geek factor involved in the use of … Continue reading →