As a serious hop head, I’m pretty excited that Fresh Hop season is nearly upon us. It’s quite a process most brewers go through to produce those wonderful beers, hopped with fresh hops right off the vine. In fact, hop growers and brewers need to either start using or kiln drying those hops within just a couple of days, or they’ll start to decompose. We can’t have that!
Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is usually first out of the gate with their Fresh Hop IPA, and this year seems to be no exception. Tonight (8/2) is the fresh hop picking party at The Woods (the taproom Two Beers Brewing shares with their sister company, Seattle Cider Company), and the brewing of this year’s Fresh Hop IPA will be underway before the day is out.
Here is the full press release from Two Beers Brewing Company:
SEATTLE (August 2, 2016) – Two Beers Brewing is excited to announce the release of its most anticipated beer of the year – Fresh Hop IPA – scheduled for Friday, August 19 at The Woods tasting room in SoDo. First brewed in 2009, Fresh Hop enters its eighth season on the brewery’s fall lineup – with a twist for 2016! Previously available in 22-ounce bottles, Fresh Hop IPA will now be available in 12-ounce cans and on draft. Winning first place at the 2015 Fresh Hop Festival in Yakima last year, this celebrated hyper seasonal will only be around through the end of September.
“We look forward to this beer just as much as our Fresh Hop fans do,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Two Beers Brewing Co. “It’s an annual tradition for our team, as well as the dozens of people who come out to help us handpick the hops off the vines on our dock. We love getting to involve the public in making this fantastic beer and can’t wait to enjoy it for the first time in cans!”
A hyper seasonal, Two Beers Brewing’s Fresh Hop IPA is known for its intense hop flavor and unique brewing process, which involves a same-day round trip drive to Yakima, four hours of picking fresh hops off the vines and a 24-hour brewing process. Ringing in at approximately 70 IBUs and 6.2% ABV, Two Beers Brewing’s annual Fresh Hop IPA features a juicy citrus aroma – offering hints of grapefruit and passion fruit – that can be attributed to the fresh Yakima Valley-grown Centennial hops used to create it. Dark straw in color with light caramel malt tones, Fresh Hop resembles an aggressively dry-hopped IPA, but packing the punch and flavor 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. Available in 12-ounce cans and on draft throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho, this beer will only be available for a limited time.
Celebrate the release of this exciting beer on Friday, August 19 at The Woods tasting room in SoDo (4660 Ohio Ave S) from 3-10pm. Pints and tasters will be available, with six-packs of Fresh Hop available for purchase from The Woods retail space. Shared with Seattle Cider Company, The Woods tasting room features pool, shuffleboard and an outdoor patio, as well as food from Bread & Circuses available for purchase.
About Two Beers Brewing Co. Two Beers Brewing Co. began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007 and today, produces twelve unique beers including five year-round, seven seasonal and a host of intricate infusions in its 4,800-square-foot SoDo brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings kegs and growler fill-ups available at their tasting room located at 4660 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday –Friday from 3-9 pm, Saturdays from 1-10pm & Sundays from 1-6pm. Select brews can also be found in 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.
As noted above, this is also the first time Two Beers will be canning their Fresh Hop IPA. It will only be around until September, however, so enjoy it while you can. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend tonight’s hop picking party, but I plan to be at The Woods on August 19th for the release. I hope to see you there.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.