Originally posted Sept. 29th and updated regularly thereafter.
First and foremost, it’s now officially Fresh Hop Week in Yakima. The Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Festival is this Saturday and tickets are still available. Note that vax/test requirements are in place, as they are for most of the other fresh hop festivals in the region this year.
Beyond that, here is this week’s Fresh Hop Report, compiled from my email inbox and harvested from social media. The information below includes what the brewery actually said, prefaced by the date on which they said it. Social media is also where I shamelessly pinched the images.
Sept. 27th – Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale now scheduled for release tomorrow (Sept. 28th) – From Fremont Brewing: “Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Ale is back on. During harvest in the Canyon, there was a good deal of wildfire smoke, and the smoke infiltrated the hops. So, we delayed this year’s Cowiche Canyon because it simply did not meet our standards…We spent the weekend fining and centrifuging Cowiche and tried the beer again today. Behold! We had removed the smoke character, and we are proud to announce the release of the 11th year of Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop Pale Ale.
Sept. 24th – NEW RELEASE: Head Full of Fresh Hops. Get your hands on this limited fresh hop hazy ipa while supplies last. Fresh hop season is nearly over, and you should reward your tastebuds with the freshest of beers with coconut, tropical, & citrus aromas. ABV: 6.8%, IBU: ACT (Aka: A Crap Ton)
Sept. 14th – Today is a ~lovely day~ because today… we release our first fresh hop beer of the season: Field to Ferment! Field to Ferment Simcoe/Centennial represents an intimate collaboration between the brewery and our local hop farmers. We share our passion for the fleeting joy of these once-a-year fresh hop beers, which are one of the most unique offerings of Northwest craft beer. Our intention is to brew the freshest fresh hop beer with a distinct, juicy, and refreshing flavor profile. When you drink Field to Ferment, you are supporting local. This fresh hop beer celebrates our farmers, and we are overjoyed to share this tasteful experience with you! ABV: 6%, IBU: 50
Sept. 29th – FRESH HOP DOUBLE CRUSH – YOU’VE BEEN WAITING AND NOW IT’S HERE! One of our most anticipated releases of the year, cans of Fresh Hop Double Crush has now landed at our Taproom! This double hazy IPA weighs in at 8% ABV and features the freshest Citra hops from our friends at Haas. Draft of FH Double Crush will be available Thursday at the Taproom, alongside the arrival of Fresh Hop Crikey. We also have a limited amount of Fresh Hop Puffs of [Classified] available now too on tap.
Look for cans and draft of FH Double Crush in limited Pacific Northwest distribution by the end of the week.
Sept. 30th – “No-Li is filtering a fresh hop Mosaic SMaSH today. Will be on tap next week.”
Sept. 23rd – TAPROOM FRESH HOP RELEASE: Right now, we are releasing our Enchantments Fresh Hop Hazy IPA: Strata. This beer was brewed with an Enchantment base, and then we added a LOT of fresh Strata hops the day they were harvested from Roy Farms, Inc. in the Yakima Valley. Expect notes and aromas of ripe pineapple, mango, citrus and a touch of melon and white grape. This is a once-a-year treat! From the brewers: “This is our love letter to the hop harvest and our new favorite hop: STRATA! This one goes to 11!” Only available in the Leavenworth taproom and we only have a limited amount. ABV: 6.9% // IBU: 35
Sept. 30th – Fresh Hops are in!! Thanks to the Gamache family for our annual supply to keep making delicious beer. Excited to share this one in our stores!
Sept. 30th – Fresh Hop Season is here! Centennial Fresh Hop IPA. ABV 5.5%.
We take immense pride and delight in brewing a fresh hop beer every September. This year, we used 400lbs of brew day harvested Centennial hop cones from Chelan Valley Hops.
Grains of Wrath Brewing
Sept. 30th – Fresh Hop Built For Speed IPA is now available! Fresh Hopped with Simcoe from our friends @sodbusterfarms Light, dry-bodied west coast IPA with flavors and aromas of bright tropical fruit, pine, and loads of dank grapefruit. ABV 6.7%. Get it while it’s fresh. Available at Camas and PDX locations.
Sept. 30th – Fresh Hop is back! One of our favorite seasonal releases, Fresh Hop IPA is brewed with over 1000 pounds of fresh Citra from Cornerstone Ranches in Yakima. This year’s Fresh Hop IPA is an exuberant and exciting beer. Golden straw in color, with a soft white head and mild haze, it is citrus and orchard fruit forward with subtle notes of pine, tropical fruits and herbal/grassy fresh hop notes. A tribute to this year’s hop harvest, we recommend drinking this unique beer immediately. Now available on draft at all Kulshan locations, be sure to get some while it lasts!
(Sept. 24th) – Here we go everyone! Simcoe from @sauve_hops is going in cans today for release tomorrow -just in time for the #weekend! Reminder that Triumph from @cls_farms and Strata from @royfarms_hops are on also tap in #Ballard and available in #growlers #togo #tistheseason
Sept. 29th – NEW WET FRESHIE ON SALE TODAY! – And this one is a long-winded story about overcoming unforeseen obstacles and unpredictable events to get WET SIMCOE hops into this beer and later on, into your mouths. It’s about perseverance, and friendship, and a journey, with a satisfying, quenching conclusion. We’re not gonna get into details here tho because it’s like 400+ pages. But spoiler alert: The ending is all about the shear brilliance of @loftusranches Simcoe. And that’s all we have to say about that.
Sound to Summit Brewing
October 1st – Bine to Brew Strata Fresh Hop IPA . 7% ABV. 60 IBU. This year’s Bine to Brew Fresh Hop IPA is sure to delight you! Mounds of Freshly picked Strata hops from Roy Farms in Yakima are allowed to steep in hot wort prior to sending it to the fermenter. Sweet, tropical fruit note of starfruit and lychee come across on the nose. A balanced malt to hop profile fills out the flavor component of this beer, and a discernably dank and resinous finish lingers well after you have finished the last sip reminding you to order another. Enjoy the bounty of the fresh hop season as only Washington State brewers know how to present!
Sept. 30th – Waggle Dance Wet Hop IPA is out now! We made our first deliveries today. Our fresh hop IPA features Amarillo hops from Virgil Gamache Farms.
Bad Jimmy’s Brewing
(Sept. 28th) – Our Fresh Hop is here! The hops in the SEA! HOP! Fresh Hop IPA were sourced from our own Ballard Backyard and West Seattle. It’s a blend of seven different hop varieties and lands at a cool 7.8%. Beer Garden opens at 3pm.
Sept. 28th – Fresh Cassette is the year’s most sought-after mixtape with 350 pounds of freshly picked wet Citra. This beauty won Best in Show at the 2019 Fresh Hop Ale Festival in Yakima and Best IPA in 2020. On draft and in 4packs to go at opening today!
Sept. 30th – Wet day for some wet beers. Wetside Connection is our 100% citra hopped fresh oat ipa. Utilizing hundreds of pounds of fresh citra from @carpenterhops, this one is full citra saturation. 6.5%. BOW DOWN. Second up is our annual collaboration with the amazing and talented folks @varietalbeerco. A pale ale brewed with a nice portion of wheat and spelt and hopped with an insane amount of @carpenterhops fresh citra and @lozafarms fresh Amarillo. This 5.5% pale was packed to the gills with freshies. You’ll want to come in for some of this WAP (wet ass pale).
Sept. 30th – Today we release our last Fresh Hop beers of the year! We loved our fresh strata beers, and we were happy to see how much you loved them, too (though sad to run out so fast!)
Last year, Alpha King was a bit later in the year, so we were able to submit a fresh version of Hopotheosis. We couldn’t submit that this year, as the contest was earlier, and Citra hadn’t been harvested yet (we’re not complaining! The strata version did just fine!).
But, we redid last year’s AK winning recipe anyway, and you don’t have to share any of it with the Alpha King judges!
Fresh Hopotheosis (Citra)
FH Hazy DIPA
Citra, Mosaic, Idaho, Strata, Galaxy, steeped on 15#/bbl of fresh Citra
(yes, 9.3% – this yeast blend is a beast!
And, with the other half of our citra allocation, we did a fun New Zealand hazy with our thiol yeast blend, for tropical yumminess.
FH Hazy IPA
Citra, Vic Secret, and Galaxy, steeped on 15#/bbl of fresh Citra
Aaaaand we found one more keg of FHopo Strata yesterday, and held it back so it can be tried side by side with FHopo Citra!
Come on in, folks! And if you’re headed to the Yakima FH fest this weekend, we’ll have all four of our FH beers pouring. Please stop by and say hi!
Mt Tabor Brewing
Sept. 30th – Check out the new cans hitting the shelves right now!!! Our Fresh Hop Pale is made with fresh picked Azacca hops from @goschiefarms and our latest Berry Stand Sour is made with @oregonfruit real pineapple and cranberry purée. Look for them in specialty grocers and at our Vancouver Pub
Sept. 30th – We are taking this one back to a time when someone else had their life flipped and turned upside down. Introducing DJ Daisy Fresh Hop!
Sept. 29th – We’re open here at the brewery tomorrow and Friday from 4-7pm and on Saturday from 1-7pm. Be sure to pick up some fresh hops – Sultry IPA Sabro edition and Fresh Hop of Couve-Air are now available in cans!
Sept. 30th – Plan on stopping by and picking up some cans of this NEW fresh hop, Sultry IPA – Mosaic edition! It’s also available on tap and in cans at the @HeathenFeralPub.
Sept. 27th – Citra Fresh Hop!!!! Look for it Wednesday on tap and in cans!
Sept. 27th – Amarillo Fresh Hop IPA! On today! Super crisp, dank, and super fresh.
(Sept. 28th) – Our Collaboration with @brouwerscafe is back! This year we brewed it with 300#s of Wet Citra and Simcoe and DH it with an insanely beautiful lot of Mosaic. Cans will be available at Brouwer’s Cafe, Bottleworks and of course our Taproom, Wednesday… TOMORROW! We are so stoked on this year’s batch.
Sept. 28th – Our newest iteration of the Reaching High Mosaic IPA (6.5% ABV) is back and fresher than ever! Featuring fresh hop varieties of Mosaic and HBC 586, this IPA gives off forward aromas of ripe tangerines and peaches, followed by medium bitterness and bold hop flavor. And just like before, this beer goes toward an amazing cause. $1 from every pint sold will go toward @skookumkids, a non-profit geared toward repairing foster families. Family is everything to us and this is a foundation we’re proud to support.
Foggy Noggin Brewing
This week’s featured Fn beers – Fresh Hop! Fresh Hop! Fresh Hop! We will tap 3 different Fresh Hop Beers, all with locally grown hops harvested within 24 hours of brewing. Make sure you try them all and bring your growlers to fill with your favorite.
Hale’s Ale Brewery
Sept. 28th – Now pouring fresh hop! This year we used LOTS of fresh Amarillo hops for a beer that’s hop-forward and bright with a light body.
Today’s the day! Fresh Hop Alpha Factor is now on draft! Taproom opens at 3pm so come kickoff #FreshHop season with us!
Varietal Beer Co.
More and more, too many to tell you about from this brewery in the heart of hop country.
Sept. 28th – It’s Tuesday, so why not release a new HOP GUARDIAN?! HOP GUARDIAN [HBC637] is a 6.4% hazy IPA infused with wet HBC 637 hops from Carpenter Ranches in Granger. This experimental variety is relatively high in alpha acid & hosts plenty of lupulin. We’re enjoying the bright melon, resinous herb, citrus peel & apricot skin this wild variety is giving off in its unkilned form. Check it out at the taproom today!
20 Corners Brewing
(Sept. 24th) – FRESH HOP FRIDAY! Not one, but TWO fresh hop IPA’s will be on tap today at 20|C! Come try these fantastic, super seasonal offerings! While both amazing, they’re so different! Centennial Fresh Hop IPA – 6.0% ABV 55 IBUCitra Fresh Hop Hazy IPA – 5.9% ABV 30 IBU.
Wandering Hop Brewing
Sept. 27th – It’s Finally Fresh Hop Week in the Valley and we’ve got some exciting releases for you. Wednesday – Fresh Hop 369 Damn She Fine goes on tap!! Thursday – We will FINALLY have new Patched Hats available in the taproom. Friday – Fresh Hop Tap Takeover.. we’re putting on all 6 of our Fresh Hop beers for you to Kickstart the festivities. Saturday – We love our staff and will be closing at 4pm so that they can enjoy the Fresh Hop Ale Festival. To make up for the early closure, we’re doing 3 for $25 on all Fresh Hop Crowlers To-Go.Sunday – We are OPEN and will continue serving up the Freshness and help you kick that Harvest Hangover.
Sept. 29th – We saved the best for last… Fresh Hop 369 Damn She Fine is on tap today!!! Come join us from 3-9 tonight, enjoy a few pints, and snag some Crowlers of this delicious brew before it’s gone.