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.
Here is the full press release from Two Beers Brewing Company:
SEATTLE (August 28, 2013) – Today, Two Beers Brewing announced the release of its most anticipated beer – Fresh Hop Ale – has been scheduled for this Friday, August 30 at The Woods tasting room in SoDo. A hyper seasonal, the expanding brewery’s Fresh Hop Ale is know for its intense hop flavor and unique brewing process, which involves a same-day round trip to Yakima, four hours of picking fresh hops off the vine and a 24-hour brewing process. The first beer of its kind released in 2013, the Two Beers Brewing 2013 Fresh Hop Ale will be available on tap and in 22-ounce bottles to the delight of Washington, Oregon and Michigan hopheads.
“The creation of this beer is an annual tradition for the Two Beers Brewing team. We get a call that the hops are ready and by that night, we’re in the field pulling the vines down ourselves,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder and head brewer of Two Beers Brewing. “We enjoy the work that goes into this beer, the tribute it pays to Washington-grown hops and the chance it provides for the public to get involved.”
First brewed in 2009, Fresh Hop enters its fifth season on the brewery’s fall lineup. 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. Dark straw in color with light caramel malt tones, Fresh Hop 2013 settles in at 6.2 percent ABV resembling an aggressively dry-hopped IPA, but packing the punch only fresh hops can deliver. In addition to Centennial hops, this beer features locally grown Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and Experimental hops, helping this popular beer achieve its bright and delightfully bitter flavor.
To celebrate its release, Two Beers Brewing will have its 2013 Fresh Hop Ale on tap on August 30 at the brewery’s newly expanded and renovated tasting room – The Woods – with pints available for $6. For enjoying at home, 22-ounce bottles will be available for $6. Popular food truck Evolution Revolution will be on-site offering up delicious New America street food for purchase. As an added bonus, those who purchase food and show their receipt will receive $1 off their first year round beer (excludes seasonals and Fresh Hop Ale).
Outside of The Woods, now open on Sundays from 1-6pm, Two Beers Brewing’s 2013 Fresh Hop Ale will be available in 22-ounce bottles at retailers throughout Washington, Oregon and Michigan – including Whole Foods, QFC, PCC, Central Markets and more – beginningSeptember 3. Find it on tap throughout September in Seattle area bars and restaurants. Availability at special Fresh Hop events to be announced via Facebook. For more information, be sure to follow Two Beers Brewing on Facebook, Twitter (@twobeersbrewing) and Instagram, or visit www.twobeersbrewing.com.
The official release of Two Beers Brewing’s 2013 Fresh Hop Ale will be this Friday (tomorrow), 8/30, at their tasting room: The Woods. However, we’ve also just gotten word that, if you can’t wait until tomorrow, you can get the first taste of this Ale tonight, Thursday, 8/29 at Latona Pub in Seattle starting at 6:00 PM. Come on out and taste this seasonal specialty before it’s all gone.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.