Ninkasi Releases Green Haze Fresh Hop Pale Ale

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.

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Field To Ferment Fresh Hop Pale Ale (Centennial) Arrives Today From Fremont Brewing

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.

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Fresh Hop Season Kicks Off Next Week At Two Beers Brewing

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.

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The 2016 Seattle Fresh Hops Festival Starts This Friday

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Have you been enjoying Fresh Hop season?  I don’t know about you, but my lupulin levels must be through the roof.  I love the abundance of hoppy beers available this time of year and am thankful that I live in the Northwest, which produces the best Fresh Hop beers available in the World.

So, have I had enough?  Not by a long shot.  I know there are opinions out there that hops are overused in the craft beer industry and that the IPA style has taken over too much and become too hoppy.  To that I say, absurd.  Yes, there are some ridiculously hoppy beers out there. That’s great for those of us who enjoy them.   If you don’t, however, then don’t drink them. It’s just that simple.

The abundance and popularity of IPAs and hoppy Pale Ales doesn’t mean there aren’t other choices out there. Although, I will admit, most tap lists are rather hop-heavy this time of year for obvious reasons.  If you’re like me though and just can’t get enough then you’re in luck, because the 2016 Seattle Fresh Hops Festival starts this Friday at Hale’s Palladium.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale Arrives Tomorrow From Black Raven Brewing

 

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We’re well into Fresh Hop season here in the Northwest (in fact the Yakima Fresh Hop Festival is coming up this weekend).  The Puget Sound’s proximity to the Yakima Valley means that local craft breweries have incredible access to the nation’s largest hop producing region.  This allows local breweries to produce what I believe are the best Fresh Hop beers available anywhere in the World.

Most Fresh Hop beers (also sometimes referred to as Wet Hop) are brewed using hops that were still on the vine less than 24 hours ago.  This gives them a unique hop character you won’t find in other, regular, IPAs or Pale Ales.  With all the Fresh Hop releases coming one after the other right now, it’s like Disneyland for hop heads.  Someone get me an E ticket!

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Fremont Brewing Releases Bellingham Beer Week No. 4

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The 4th Annual Bellingham Beer Week (BBW) is almost here.  Kicking off this year on Friday, September 11th, BBW is a 9 day long event designed to celebrate and promote craft beer in Bellingham and beyond.

Fremont Brewing has released a special Bellingham Beer Week beer each year.  This year’s release is already on tap in the Fremont Brewing beer garden and will be coming in bottles this Labor Day weekend.

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Happy IPA Day 2014 – My Top IPAs

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If you’re a regular reader here, then you know that IPA is one of my favorite styles of craft beer.  Single IPAs, double IPAs, Triple IPAs; I love them all and, with today being IPA Day, it makes me wish I’d planned ahead a bit better this year by stocking up on a few of my favorites before the ‘big day’ arrived.  I usually do, but it’s been a busy Summer for me and I neglected to do so this year.  That simply means my 2014 IPA day will be a bit more spontaneous, as I select from whatever IPAs I’ll find on tap once I’m off work this afternoon.

Thankfully, I made sure that I do have at least one bottle at home of Firestone Walker’s Double Jack, which I have verified through repeated blind taste testing is my favorite IPA (Double IPA that is).  Taking advantage of the blind tasting options the past few years at both Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle during their annul IPApril and at Cooper’s Alehouse on Lake City Way during their annual IPA Fest, helped me narrow down what are probably my top 5 IPAs.  No surprise to me, every one of them is a double IPA.  Granted, this list is a bit limiting, even for me.  I do also have several other favorite IPAs that I can either no longer get in this state (Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing, for example), that I don’t find on tap or in stores as often as I’d like or that are considered seasonal (such as Fresh Hop IPAs, for example).

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Three Big Releases Coming Up From Two Beers Brewing

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It’s Summer in the Northwest and the aroma of hops is in the air.  Next Friday, August 1st, is National IPA Day and it’s also nearly time for the annual crop of fresh hop ales to start showing up.  It looks like Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) will be first out of the gate this year with their 2014 Fresh Hop IPA, which is set to make its debut on Saturday, August 9th at The Woods – the taproom Two Beers Brewing shares with their sister company, Seattle Cider Company.

If you’d like to be involved with helping Two Beers make this year’s Fresh Hop IPA, your chance is coming up this coming Monday, July 28th.  On that day, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, head down to The Woods (4700 Ohio Avenue South, Seattle) and help Two Beers pick the hops for this special ale.  Fresh hop vines will be trucked in from the Yakima Valley right to The Woods, and they’ll need as much help as they can get all the hops off the vines and into the brew.  You’ll score a free 22oz bottle for your efforts when it’s released.

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Craft Beer Monger’s Picks For Seattle Beer Week 2014

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Back in 2008, a few friends (including Ian Roberts, Matthew Younts and Mike Baker) were wandering around the Great American Beer Festival in Denver and realized how many of the great beers they were seeing there were from the Pacific Northwest.  That simple realization became the spark that helped them decide Seattle needed its own annual celebration of all things craft beer.  Less than a year later, Seattle Beer Week was born.

Kicking off in 2009, Seattle Beer Week (SBW) has grown steadily each year.  This year there are well over 300 different events, spanning 11 days.  That’s incredible.  The first Seattle Beer Week that I attended and covered was the 3rd annual, in 2011.  That year, there were fewer than 200 total events – still a very respectable number for such a young festival.

With so much going on over the 11 days of Seattle Beer Week, from May 8th to May 18th, you’ll want to take a little time to look over the complete list of events on Seattle Beer Week’s website, and decide which ones you’d like to attend.  If you’re entertaining notions of attending every single event, you can abandon them now.  Unless you have the ability to teleport and/or replicate yourself, as well as the ability to drink more beer than any human being would likely be able to consume safely, then you’re pretty much out of luck.

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Year Two Of The Alta Series & The Launch Of Single Hop, Single Farm From Two Beers Brewing

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Back in February of 2013, Two Beers Brewing Company released the first in their new Alta Series of beers: a Russian Imperial Stout called Switchback.  Clocking in at 12% ABV, it was a monster with big rich flavors like chocolate, vanilla raisin, whiskey and more.  However, its measly 12% was nothing compared with Two Beers Brewing’s second release in their Alta Series: Ascension Triple IPA.  Coming in at a whopping 15.4% ABV and over 100 IBUs, this one was, put simply, over the top.  I sometimes referred to it as a beer screwdriver, due to its big citrus flavor and high alcoholic content.  Switchback and Ascension were followed up by High Divide Double Blonde and Overhang Bourbon Imperial Porter to round out the Alta Series.

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