Sisters Fresh Hop Festival mini-review

On Saturday we headed over to Sisters to check out the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival, the first of the Fresh Hop Tastivals that are taking place around the state. I’m calling this a “mini-review” because as festivals go, it was fairly low-key with relatively few beers (which is actually rather … Continue reading

More details on this Saturday’s Sisters Fresh Hop Festival

Herewith some additional details on this Saturday’s Sisters Fresh Hop Festival: the breweries, with some notes about the beers they’re bringing. This is the list the organizers provided: 10 Barrel BridgePort Cascade Lakes Deschutes Fort George Full Sail Laurelwood Lucky Lab MacTarnahan’s McMenamin’s Ninkasi Three Creeks Even though specific beers … Continue reading

Received: Fresh Hop Mirror Pond Pale Ale

This came today from Deschutes Brewery: Their Fresh Hop Mirror Pond Pale Ale, which I believe is the first fresh hop beer other than Hop Trip that the Brewery has bottled. I’ve been excited about this beer since Bill Night over at It’s Pub Night started talking it up the … Continue reading

Sisters Fresh Hop Festival, Sept. 24

This Saturday, September 24th, the first of Oregon’s Fresh Hop Tastivals is kicking off in Sisters at the eponymously-named Sisters Fresh Hop Festival. I don’t yet know what beers will be featured (I had sent an email to the organizer to find out), but the festival itself takes place from … Continue reading

Hop Press: Crafting a fresh hop ale

Over on my Hop Press blog today I’ve posted about my latest homebrewing undertaking: brewing up my first-ever fresh hop beer. Part of the challenge, of course, is figuring out exactly how much of the hops to use when they’re still wet (as opposed to the known quantities for dried … Continue reading

The Fresh Hop beers are brewing!

The hop harvest seems to be ready early this year: both Deschutes Brewery and 10 Barrel Brewing this week are brewing fresh hop beers, 10 Barrel in real-time even as I write this. On Tuesday, Veronica Vega (brewer at the Deschutes Pub in Bend) tweeted, “The first fresh hops of … Continue reading

Hop Trip (2010)

Ah, the first Hop Trip of the season; I enjoyed Deschutes Brewery‘s annual fresh hop beer this evening—one that’s been brewed every year since 2005—and every year it’s the seasonal variations that keep this (style of) beer interesting and help highlight just what an agricultural product beer actually is. Last … Continue reading

Received: Hop Trip

Hop Trip, Deschutes Brewery’s fresh hop pale ale, is out, and I received a bottle today: These fresh hop beers are best enjoyed fresh, so I’ll be writing about this one pretty soon.

Sisters Fresh Hop Festival (first of the Fresh Hop Tastivals)

This Saturday, September 25th, the first of the Fresh Hop Tastivals is taking place here in Central Oregon, in the small town of Sisters (home of Three Creeks Brewing): the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival. Taking place from noon until 9pm at the Village Green Park (“under the tent”), it follows … Continue reading

Hop Trip (2009)

The season of the fresh hop beers is upon us, and it’s going to be an interesting one, I think. Deschutes Brewery as usual is brewing up a bunch—many of which will be on tap for their Fresh Hop Beer Tasting event later in October—though Hop Trip is their big … Continue reading