Summer is waning and Fall is drawing closer each day. That must mean it’s Fresh Hop time! Each year, when it’s time for the hop harvest up in Yakima Valley, many local craft breweries prepare to brew their annual Fresh Hop beers – loaded up with fresh-picked hops right off the vine.
Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) prides themselves on always being the first local brewery each year to debut their Fresh Hop IPA, and this year is no different. They held their annual hop picking party, and brewed their Fresh Hop IPA back on August 9th. By next week it will be ready to serve, and Two Beers is welcoming it with a Fresh Hop IPA release party on Wednesday, August 23rd.
Here is the full press release from Two Beers Brewing Company:
SEATTLE (August 17, 2017) – Two Beers Brewing is excited to announce the release of its most anticipated beer of the year – Fresh Hop IPA! Scheduled for release on Wednesday, August 23 at The Woods tasting room in SoDo, this highly sought after brew marks the first fresh hop release of the season, available in 12-ounce cans and on draft. First brewed in 2009, Fresh Hop IPA enters its ninth season on the brewery’s fall lineup, remaining one of the Seattle-based brewery’s most popular releases. A true labor of love, Fresh Hop IPA is made with fresh Centennial hops from the Yakima Valley, handpicked by dozens of volunteers on the brewery dock. Winning first place at the 2015 Fresh Hop Festival in Yakima, craft beer lovers are encouraged to pick up a six-pack soon, as this celebrated hyper seasonal will only be around through the end of September!
“Fresh Hop has always been one of our favorite annual traditions,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder & CEO of Two Beers Brewing Co. “There’s something truly special about picking hops off the vine with the people who we know will be the first to line up to enjoy our Fresh Hop IPA. We also love the chance to connect people directly to the ingredients in their beer and be a part of the process. And, of course, enjoy a pint of the final product together!”
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 vine 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 Amarillo, Cascade, and Citra 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 Wednesday, August 23 at The Woods tasting room in SoDo (4660 Ohio Ave S) from 3-9pm. Pints and tasters will be available, with six-packs, t-shirts, stickers and more 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.twobeersbrewing.com.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend this year’s hop picking party back on the 9th, which is always an enjoyable experience, but at least I’ll get to taste the fruits of all that hop picking labor very soon. I’m looking forward to my first sip of a Fresh Hop ale since last year, and I’m sure I’ll grab a few six packs to go (and perhaps even a growler fill). Prepare your palate for some seriously fresh hops and I’ll see you at Two Beers next week.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.