It’s harvest time up in the Yakima Valley, the #1 hop growing region in the World. Our proximity to the hop fields of Yakima Valley means that the Northwest, particularly Washington State, is in a prime location to enjoy one of the best benefits for craft beer lovers this time of year: Fresh Hop Ales.
As has become the norm, Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) was first out of the gate, releasing their Fresh Hop IPA back on August 23rd. Now, Fremont Brewing Company is ready to release the first of their Fresh Hop Ales for 2017. Field To Ferment Fresh Hop Pale Ale (each release featuring Centennial, Amarillo and Citra hops respectively) arrives today, 9/6, in Fremont’s Urban Beer Garden.
Here is the full press release from Fremont Brewing Company:
Fremont Brewing Announces Release of Craft Beer’s Biggest Fresh Hop Ale:
Field to Ferment Fresh Hop Pale Ale
First in series of fall seasonal fresh hop brews to be released September 6, 2017
SEATTLE — – Fremont Brewing of Seattle, Washington will release its fall seasonal, Field to Ferment Fresh Hop Pale Ale, on Wednesday, September 6th at the Urban Beer Garden on draft and in six-packs starting at 11:00 a.m. Fremont will brew this single fresh hop ale throughout the entire hop harvest in Yakima, with three individual hop varieties sequentially as they are harvested. The first release will feature early harvest Centennial hops from Carpenter Ranches followed by Amarillo from Virgil Gamache Farms, and finally Citra, also from Carpenter Ranches. Field to Ferment will be sold across Fremont Brewing’s entire distribution network through September and part of October while supply lasts.
The vision behind Field to Ferment is to showcase the purest possible essence of individual varieties of freshly harvested Northwest hops, celebrate the farmers who grow them, and provide craft beer lovers the rare opportunity to experience and even compare the distinct flavor profiles of fresh, juicy hops. It builds upon the acclaim and limited supply of Fremont’s wildly popular Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale, a small-batch blend of organic hops grown exclusively for Fremont on a single farm at the mouth of the Cowiche Canyon Conservation area in Yakima and released annually in early October.
“With Field to Ferment, we share our passion for the fleeting joy of these once-a-year fresh hop beers which are one of the most unique offerings of Northwest craft beer,” said Matt Lincecum, CEO of Fremont Brewing. “The harvest season is a marvel of ingenuity and hard work as Yakima’s farmers work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the harvest is finished, and we brew around the clock to keep up with them. Fresh hop beer is truly the iconic seasonal release for the Pacific Northwest.”
Field to Ferment is the most extensive rotating fresh hop beer experiment on the West Coast. Production requires extra planning and logistics as load after load of hop cones must be harvested, separated from the bines, stored in specialized bins, and transported over the Cascades in a refrigerated truck to Seattle. Each 80-barrel batch will contain approximately 1,300 pounds of fresh hops (16.5 lbs per barrel) placed into the mash tun within 24 hours of harvest.
“From our Centennial hop fields to the kettles and fermenters! The Carpenter family farm is excited to be a part of the Fremont Brewing fresh experience,” said Brad Carpenter of Carpenter Ranches. “Your taste buds will be tickled!”
About Fremont Brewing
Fremont Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find. Our beer is distributed in kegs, cans, and 22 oz. bottles and can be enjoyed everyday at our kid- and dog-friendly Urban Beer Garden in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Because Beer Matters!
This is just the first of four Fresh Hop Ales that Fremont Brewing will be releasing this year. After today’s Centennial release, next up comes Amarillo then Citra. After all three of these have been released will come Fremont’s insanely popular Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale, sometime in early October. I hope all you hopheads out there are ready.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.