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Fresh Hop beers!

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Oct - 31 - 2012

Dear Enotecans,

It’s my favorite beer season!  Fresh Hops are delicious, and they only come around once per year.  We’ve sourced some fantastic Fresh Hop kegs and are going to continue sourcing them until they’re no longer available for the season.  Wet Hop is a similar style, so fresh they haven’t even dried yet!  Check out what we have in bottles right now and What’s On Tap right now in the Fresh Hop arena.  If you want to know when we tap a new keg, sign up for Keg Tap Text Messages.  We’re working on a couple more not on this list, but for now here’s what we have in stock!

Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Wet Hop IPA 2012
(Chico, California)

Here in the sun-drenched fields of California’s North Valley, the black soil is rich with promise.  In winter, rows of barley seed are laid in the freshly tilled dirt. In spring, trellises are set for hops.  From our fields comes a remarkable homegrown ale, made with organic wet hops and barley grown at our brewery here in Chico and one of the few estate-made ales produced anywhere in the world!  This Estate Ale is rich with the flavors of the valley—featuring hops with earthy, grapefruit-like flavors and layered spicy aromas and barley with mild sweetness and smooth, toasted flavors. Together, these crops grow alongside the brewery to make a truly unique brew.


Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA 2012
(Chico, California)

The cornerstone of our Harvest series is the beer that started the modern-day fresh hop ale phenomenon in America, our original Harvest Ale. Created in 1996, Harvest Ale features Cascade and Centennial hops from the Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington. These hops are harvested and shipped as “wet” un-dried hops—the same day they are picked—to our brewery in Chico where our brewers eagerly wait to get them into the brew kettle while their oils and resins are still at their peak.

There’s a Keg of this Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA On Tap!


Two Beers Fresh Hop IPA 2012
(Seattle, Washington)

An annual tradition for the Two Beers Brewing team includes a road trip to Yakima Valley to pick up just harvested hops for the creation of this true small batch beer – a super seasonal. In addition to the Fresh Hops, we used Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade.


Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale 2012
(Denver, Colorado)

Brewing with fresh hops is a big endeavor, requiring four to five times the hop volume compared to using pelletized hops. Although the process is complex, it brings impressive results: Fresh Hop is an American-style pale ale with moderate hop bitterness marked by a unique and intensely grassy hop flavor and aroma. Fresh Hop is a superbly refreshing, medium bodied, light-copper colored pale ale weighing in at 55 IBUs and 6.1% ABV.
Beer Valley Leaver Madness Fresh Hop IPA 2012
(Ontario, Oregon)

What’s better than Leafer Madness? Not much, but Fresh Hop Leafer Madness is just the ticket! Hop Harvest Edition was brewed using 200 lbs of fresh Treasure Valley Chinook hop flowers from the John Wilmunster hop farm in Greenleaf, ID. A huge, fresh grapefruit profile complements the malty sweetness of this 9%, 100+ IBU fresh hop beer.

We’ve already killed a keg of Fresh Hop Leafer!


Laughing Dog Fresh Hop IPA 2012
(Sandpoint, Idaho)

Award winning Fresh Hop beer, rare keg out of the brewery, just in time for our Grand Opening celebration. Not available in bottles, come by for a pint and take home a growler fill!

There’s a Keg of this Laughing Dog Fresh Hop IPA On Tap!


Anderson Valley Mendo Mellow Fresh Hop IPA 2012
(Boontville, California)

Rare beer from AV, brewed with 100% Estate Farm Grown ingredients from the brewery farm in Boontville! Not available in bottles, come by for a pint and take home a growler fill!

There’s a Keg of this Anderson Valley Mendo Mellow Fresh Hop IPA On Tap!


Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies Fresh Hop IPA 2012
(Bend, Oregon)

Like fresh powder, it’s a seize-the-moment thing. At harvest, we rush Goschie Farms’ Cascade hops fresh from vine to kettle. Not any Cascades, mind you, but an heirloom strain, from a single field, restored from the original rhizome. Hope you’re as hopped up as we are.  7.4% ABV

Categories: Craft Beer


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