Last year, I told you about a new idea Lagunitas Brewing Company had for bringing new meaning to the word ‘Fresh’. They had released a new Fresh Hop Pale Ale named Born Yesterday. Just as the name implied, Lagunitas wanted to brew a Fresh Hop Ale, and then have it delivered to their main markets by the very next day.
The delivery to most markets was a success. Unfortunately, the deliveries to Washington got delayed and took a day or two longer. Hopefully, that won’t be the case again. This year’s batch of Born Yesterday was brewed and bottled yesterday, 10/26/2015, and should begin arriving today in select markets across the nation (including Seattle).
For the most up to date information on where you can find Born Yesterday here in the Seattle area, be sure to check the Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Ale finder page. A quick check this morning shows that it’s already available at Collins Pub, Capitol Cider and Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District. I would expect it to be available an more locations as the day progresses.
Last year’s version was brewed with fresh-picked Amarillo, Equinox and Mosaic hops. I don’t know yet if Lagunitas kept the same recipe for this year or changed it up, but I’m eager to find out. Since it’s still early (just after 8 AM), I have not yet sampled this year’s batch. I should be receiving a bottle soon, however, so check back here later today, and I will update this article with some extra photos, other locations where you can find Born Yesterday and some tasting notes.
UPDATE 10:45 AM:
Last year’s version of Born Yesterday was one of my favorite Fresh Hop Ales of 2014. After tasting this year’s version, I’m pleased to be able to say the same once again. Loaded up with Amarillo, Equinox, Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic and “Indigenous Catawampus” hops (over 11lbs per barrel!), Born Yesterday 2015 has a complex, yet not overbearing hop profile. It’s billed as a Pale Ale rather than an IPA, and I think that classification is justified. It’s definitely a hoppy Pale but, as with last year’s version, it’s not over-the-top hoppy or bitter on the palate.
Similar to last year’s version, Born Yesterday pours a bright orange/copper hue with a fluffly off-white head, releasing aromas of guava, pineapple, subtle grapefruit, and a bit of pine. The flavors follow the nose, with the guava, pine and pineapple notes coming through first. The malt character is subdued, but assertive enough to balance out the hops and add just a bit of sweetness. A 4.5 on my Untappd checkin.
Now that my one bottle is gone, I’ll have to get out there to find some more. As noted above, Born Yesterday should be available today at The Collins Pub, Capitol Cider and Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District. As of when I’m writing this (about 11 AM), I don’t see any other places listed on Lagunitas’ beer finder that have received their delivery quite yet.
UPDATE: 1:00 PM:
The Lagunitas beer tracker seems to be mis-reporting who might have this been available at this point here in Washington. I’m not sure about Capitol Cider, but I’ve confirmed that Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District, The Beer Junction and Collins Pub have NOT yet received their shipment. I suspect, as with last year, there may be at least a one day delay. I suspect many of the places Lagunitas is reporting on their beer tracker as having the beer today won’t actually get it until at least tomorrow. So I strongly suggest you call any place you’re planning on going to pick some up before you make the trip.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.