What’s that you say? Another Fresh Hop announcement? Well what did you expect? After all, it is Fresh Hop season, quite possibly the most wonderful time of the year (move over, Christmas!) I’ve already told you about Two Beers‘ (CBM Sponsor) Fresh Hop IPA and Fremont Brewing‘s lineup of Fresh Hop Ales for this year. Now, Ninkasi Brewing Company has announced the release of their 2017 Fresh Hop Pale Ale: Green Haze.
Brewed with over 400 pounds of Centennial Hops fresh off the bine at Goschie Farms (less than 2 hours from hop field to brew kettle!), Green Haze is about as fresh as you can get and should bring those grassy, Earthy notes you’d expect from a well made Centennial Fresh Hop Pale.
Here is the full press release from Ninkasi Brewing Company:
EUGENE, Ore.—Sept. 6, 2017—September in the Pacific Northwest means one thing to beer drinkers: fresh hops. This month, Ninkasi Brewing Company, releases Green Haze, a fresh-hopped pale ale brewed with 400 pounds of fresh Centennial hops per batch. Celebrating the annual hop harvest, Green Haze is full of citrusy and floral hop character. Available for a limited time, beer drinkers will be able to find Green Haze on-tap at select accounts throughout Ninkasi’s distribution footprint.
Cultivated just 70 miles from Ninkasi’s brewing facilities at Goschie Farms in Silverton, Ore., Ninkasi transported 2,000 pounds of freshly-picked Centennial whole cone hops from farm to brewery in just over an hour. As soon as the hops arrived at the brewery, 400 pounds were tossed into the brew kettle for the first batch. Ninkasi’s team of brewers worked through the night, brewing 36 straight-hours to produce five batches of Green Haze.
“Once we started brewing, our brewery became a hop dream,” says Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi co-founder and founding brewer. “The fresh Centennial hops immediately filled the brewhouse with lemon and floral hop aromas; an enticing hop profile to capture in this pale ale.”
For more than 130 years, Goschie Farms has grown crops in Silverton with 550 acres dedicated solely to the hops. A leader in its industry for sustainable practices, Goschie Farms was the first hop farm in the nation to be certified Salmon-Safe. “I’ve known Gayle for over a decade and her farm is a testament to her multi-generational, family dedication to farming hops,” explains Floyd. “Gayle’s commitment to food safety and sustainability is inspiring.”
Green Haze Stats
Green Haze is an ode to Oregon and everything green. Cultivated by Goschie Farms, a mere 70 miles from the brewery, 400 pounds of fresh Centennial hops are transported from farm to brew kettle in just over an hour. Full of citrus and floral hop notes, Green Haze captures the freshest hops of the year.
- Style: Fresh-Hopped Pale Ale
- Series: Rare & Delicious Series
- Available: September 2017
- ABV: 5.3%
- IBU: 40
- Malt: Pilsner, Crystal 15, Carahell, Flaked Barley
- Hops: Fresh-picked Centennial
- Packaging: Draft
To track down Green Haze on-tap, use Ninkasi’s Delicious Beer Finder.
About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA to the 33rd largest craft brewery in the United States. Independently owned and operated in Eugene, Ore., Ninkasi’s Flagship beers include Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Hop Cooler Citrus IPA, Pacific Rain Northwest Pale, Helles Belles Helles Lager, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout. Ninkasi beers are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Virginia; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Committed to community support and giving, Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers donations to 501(c)(3) organizations throughout its footprint. For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com.
When Fresh Hop season arrives, being so close to your hop supplier is definitely a benefit. As noted above, Green Haze will be available on tap only throughout Ninkasi’s distribution footprint, so keep an eye out for it on the tap list at your favorite local craft beer bars.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.