It’s hop harvest time again. That means it’s time for fresh hop ales, and Two Beers Brewing Company wants to be the first out of the gate this season with their 2013 Fresh Hop Ale. “This Northwest-inspired brew’s strong citrus aroma – featuring hints of grapefruit and passion fruit – can be attributed to the freshly picked Yakima Valley-grown Centennial hops from Puterbaugh Farms used to create it.”
Perhaps you were at Two Beers Brewing Company last week for their hop picking party(?) A small army of Two Beers employees and patrons took a few hours carefully picking hops from vines harvested earlier that day in Yakima Valley and the Fresh Hop Ale was brewed with those hops later that same day.
I’ll admit; I haven’t yet gotten into craft cider nearly as much as I am into craft beer. I tend to find most ciders out there a bit too sweet for my tastes, which is why I’m starting to get excited about Seattle Cider Company. Set to launch next Saturday, August 24th, the offerings from Seattle Cider Company will be trying to break away from all those overly-sweet ciders, and forge a new path with a line of small batch ciders designed to bring out more of the natural fruit flavors imparted by delicious Washington apples.
Coming up this Saturday, August 10th, Two Beers Brewing will release the third beer in their popular Alta Series: High Divide Double Blonde. This new release, perfect for the wonderful Seattle Summer we’ve been having, will be in a limited run of only 1,000 bottles. Coming in at 8.9% ABV and 42 IBUs, High Divide has been brewed with honey malt, fresh Wenatchee peaches, cherries, and has been aged for four months in white wine barrels. This aging gives High Divide a dry, oak character combined with a fruity finish. You can grab your bottle(s) of High Divide Double Blonde starting at 11:00 AM at Two Beers Brewing’s tasting room: The Woods, prior to its release to bottle shops throughout the greater Seattle area the following week.