Fremont Brewing just introduced this year’s family of fresh hop beer. The release dates they mention are for the official releases at Fremont’s Urban Beer Garden in Seattle. Wider availability will follow. Note that the exact dates could change, but that’s the nature of fresh hop beers. It’s a bit like predicting the birth of a baby: it is an exact science right up until it isn’t.
Field to Ferment – September 16
Cowiche Canyon – September 23
Head Full of Fresh Hops – October 3
Regardless of whether those due dates hold firm, we now know what the world’s most prolific producer of fresh hop beers has planned for the 2020 fresh hop season. I’m not sure anyone officially keeps track of this statistic, but if another brewery produces as much fresh hop beer as Fremont Brewing, in terms of volume, I’d love to hear about it. I’d keep an eye on Fremont Brewing’s social channels before making a journey across the county.
Here’s the official announcement with details
Fremont Brewing Announces Hop Drops for the Fresh Hop Beer Season
It’s fresh hop season in the Pacific Northwest; that fleeting time of year when whole-cone hop flowers are harvested, and we capture their transcendent flavors in fresh hop beers. Fremont is really into fresh hops and we’re excited to bring you “Hop Drops” in September and early October, with three different, canned fresh hop beers and a few brewery-only draft options. Each of these fresh hop beers is brewed with an average of 25 whopping pounds of whole-cone, fresh hops per barrel!
Being so close to Yakima, the world’s hop capital, allows us to partner closely with multi-generational hop farmers, perusing their hop fields and comparing hops for aroma and flavor. Our brewers and sensory team then pick the most flavorful of each hop variety for our beers. The fresh hops we select make a speedy trip from farm to brewing kettle within mere hours, always less than 24, of harvest.
Crack open a can of fresh hop beer this fall and release the hops! Our one ask of you: please do enjoy these beers absolutely fresh for the optimal adventure they represent…Because Fresh Hop Beer Matters!
“Fresh hops are the best hops.” – VWP
Release dates are for our Urban Beer Garden in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, and are dependent on harvest and could change. Look for these fresh hop beers in our full distribution area a day or two after their brewery release.
FIELD TO FERMENT
Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Releases on September 16
Field to Ferment is all-new this year, with one version only featuring a fresh hop blend and all-new packaging. 2020’s Field to Ferment is brewed with a hand-selected blend of Centennial and Sabro fresh hops. All this fresh hop taste needed a bigger can, so look for Field to Ferment in 16 oz. 4 packs with hop-a-rrific artwork.
Field to Ferment will be sent out to our full distribution network.
Fresh Hop Ale
Releases on September 23
Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale is brewed with Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Ekuanot organic hops grown in the Cowiche Canyon of the Yakima Valley. A certified Salmon-Safe beer, we brew Cowiche Canyon ale in partnership with hop-growing wizards from the Yakima Valley in an effort to expand the organic hop industry in Washington State…Because Organic Hops Matter! A portion of all sales fund the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy.
Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale is a limited release and will be sent out to our full distribution network.
HEAD FULL OF FRESH HOPS
Fresh Hop Hazy IPA
Releases on October 5
Head Full of Fresh Hops is jam packed with Mosaic and Talus fresh hops from Yakima and loaded into the brew kettle within mere hours of harvest. Fresh hop beers are the height of our brewing year. Head Full of Fresh Hops hazy IPA delivers an incredible amount of tropical, citrus and stone fruits to your hop hungry palate. Boom!
Head Full of Fresh Hops will be sent out to our full distribution network.