I love a parade – especially when it’s a parade of Fresh Hop Ales. I say keep ’em coming and I know I’m not the only one! Local breweries are definitely hearing that call and answering back in a big way. So far this season, I’ve enjoyed Fresh Hop Ales from at least 8 Northwest breweries (mostly Seattle, but a few from Oregon), and I’m looking forward to having even more in the coming weeks.
Now Stoup Brewing Company in Ballard has announced their Fresh Hop lineup for the 2018 season, and it doesn’t disappoint. Stoup if keeping it fresh with at least 5 different Fresh Hop Ales coming our way over the next few weeks.
Have you been tracking down any of the wet, wild and wonderful Fresh Hop beers out there? They just keep on coming this time of year, and that’s just fine by me. Now, Counterbalance Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is ready to get in on the action.
Coming up next Saturday, March 29th from noon to 9 pm, Counterbalance Brewing is hosting their 2nd annual Fall release party, where they’ll be releasing their 2018 Fresh Hop Ale on draft. Also making its return on that same day is one of Counterbalance Brewing’s early favorites, and the first beer they ever brewed commercially, Bad Wolf Dark Ale.
Fresh Hop Season is upon us, and I couldn’t be happier. I love this time of year in the craft beer World and feel fortunate to live here in the Northwest, where the vast majority of the hops grown in the U.S. come from. I’ve already tried at least six different fresh hop beers this season, and I don’t plan on slowing down. Fresh Hop beers are some of my favorites, and I want to try as many as possible.
Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) is ready to help me in my quest to drink all the fresh hop beers I can. They’re preparing to release their 2018 Fresh Hop Ale one week from today, on Tuesday, September 25th. Packed with 250 pounds of Azaca hops, Black Raven’s 2018 Fresh Hop Ale won’t disappoint.
There’s a lot going on right now at Schooner Brewing (formerly Schooner Exact Brewing Company). They’ve finished their remodel and re-branding from the old Schooner Exact taproom, but the changes aren’t so dramatic that you won’t recognize the place. They’ve updated the style, added more seating, updated the menu and started rolling out some new beers. Don’t worry though, your old Schooner favorites like 3 Grid IPA, Profanity Hill Porter, King Street Brown and more are still around too.
If you’re ready to try a new Schooner beer though, why not stop in for a pint of their SODO IPA, which is on tap now. Also on tap for these waning days of Summer is their very popular Seamstress Union Raspberry Wheat. Not your thing? Then hang on till the first week of October when Schooner Brewing’s Comet Fresh Hop will make its debut.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Pike Brewing Company is a Seattle icon. They’re also one of the oldest craft breweries in Seattle and are preparing to celebrate their 29th anniversary. That’s nearly 30 years of craft beer, which is longer than some craft beer drinkers I know have even been alive!
Pike doesn’t just rest on their laurels either. Sure, they have their core favorites like Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, XXXXX Stout, Naughty Nellie Golden Ale, Monk’s Uncle Belgian Tripel and more, but they also continue to innovate with beers like Hive Five Hopped Honey Ale, Oaked Pear Sour, their Third Story Series Dark Lager and more.
Harvest season is upon us. For those of us here in the Northwest, that means lots and lots of Fresh Hop Ales – which makes me quite happy. However, the abundance of wonderful Fresh Hop beers we get this time of year can sometimes obscure the start of another great annual beer tradition: Oktoberfest.
I’m a serious hop-head, but when Fall arrives, my palate sometimes needs an occasional break from the hops and starts craving something with more of those rich, toasty and bready malt flavors. I’m referring, of course, to the traditional, German style Märzen/Oktoberfest.
Don’t be sad that our Seattle Summer is winding down and Fall is set to return. Instead, rejoice in knowing that the hop harvest is upon us and that means the return of Fresh Hop beers. Several local breweries make Fresh Hop beers each year but one brewery really goes all out, releasing multiple Fresh Hop beers for us to enjoy each year. That brewery is Fremont Brewing Company.
Each year, they release multiple versions of their Field To Ferment Fresh Hop Ale, each one featuring a different hop. The first release in this year’s Field To Ferment series arrives today, 9/7 and features Centennial hops. Also, set to return soon is their wildly popular Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop, using hops grown exclusively for Fremont on a single farm at the mouth of the Cowiche Canyon Conservation area in Yakima.
Seattle’s iconic Pike Brewing Company has been going through a few changes over the past year or so. They’ve expanded their brewery operations, opened the new Tankard & Tun upstairs from The Pike, and now they’re ready to open a new brewery beer garden for the Summer. Situated right in the brewery itself, Pike’s new brewery beer garden will be right near the brewery doors that open onto Post Alley below Pike Place Market. In
In other Pike Brewing News, the Flight of Dreams Opening in Nagoya Japan, featuring Pike Brewing, has been pushed back to September and Pike has also been named ‘Most Iconic Brand’ in Seattle Magazine’s 2018 beer awards. They also have two new beers about to release: Citrus Summer Ale and Hopsie.
Each year, as Seattle’s Summer starts to wane, our palates grow eager with anticipation of one of the best Seasonal craft beer styles for hopheads: Fresh Hop Ales. Ordinarily, Fresh Hop Ale season doesn’t get started until late August or even early September, as the hop harvest gets under way. This year, however, hops at Puterbaugh Farms in Yakima Valley were ready early thanks to ideal growing conditions.
As a result, Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), always first out of the gate each year with their Fresh Hop IPA, is bringing it to you even earlier than usual. In just two days, on Friday, August 3rd, come down to Two Beers Brewing for the release of their 2018 Fresh Hop IPA.
Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) puts out lots of great IPAs including their popular Trickster IPA and, my personal favorite IPA from Black Raven, Wisdom Seeker Double IPA. They also put out some lighter IPAs like Beak Tweaker Citrus IPA and their Nothing But Flowers Session IPA.
Now, Black Raven is finally set to jump into the juicy, hazy New England style IPA craze with their latest offering: Nothing But Haze. Based on their Nothing But Flowers Session IPA, Nothing But Haze is still sessionable at just 5.0% ABV.