Ahoy, hop lovers! As we hit the end of summer and head into fall, a young brewer’s thoughts turn only to one thing…fresh hop harvests. Yes, the fresh hop beers are coming. Last weekend Pikes Peak Brewing held a hop harvest party and has a batch of America the Pale (and Beautiful) in the works. They certainly are not the only ones picking and brewing, as I have seen breweries nationwide posting on their Facebook and Twitter pages about their seasonal fresh hop ales. Full Sail’s Fresh Hop Pilsner is using hundreds of pounds of minutes-off-the-bine Cascade hops, and Surly’s Wet! uses 800 lbs. of Cascade and 600 lbs. of Centennial hops that arrived at the brewery within 15 hours of being picked in Michigan. Great Divide in Denver will soon have their Fresh Hop IPA available as well, which is using Colorado grown Centennial hops as pictured below.
|Photo courtesy of Great Divide’s FB page|