Zeeks Pizza celebrates the season with a fresh hop extravaganza

 

By now, nobody should be surprised to learn that Zeeks Pizza has big plans for fresh hop beer season. It’s the kind of thing they do. The local chain of pizza restaurants, which I’ve described as a chain of great beer joints with a pizza problem, has been working on fresh hop collaboration projects and otherwise getting some killer stuff lined up for you.

To begin with, now through the end of October, Zeeks is serving Fremont Brewing’s Field to Ferment, available in-store by the pint, or get growlers and crowlers delivered to your door. On October 8th, Zeeks will begin selling six-packs of Fremont’s much-beloved Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale.

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That’s just the beginning.

Fresh Hop Collaborations

A few months ago, Zeeks collaborated with Yakima’s Single Hill Brewing and Sip Magazine to create Lateral A IPA (read our story), now they’ve cranked out a fresh hop version of the beer. “Single Hill agreed to make a fresh hop version of our kick-ass collaboration beer, Lateral A IPA, for our fall menus,” says Tommy Brooks, the beer czar at Zeeks. “Way back in May when we launched this beer, we could not have been more stoked about the beer and partnership, and we are now taking it to a whole new level by making a fresh hop version.”

Getting the hops at Carpenter Ranches.
Getting the hops for Everything Is Blossom at Carpenter Ranches.

Zeeks also worked with Varietal Beer Company on a fresh hop collaboration project, as Tommy explains. “I went out there and brewed the first batch of Everything Is Blossom (Simcoe) with Varietal a couple weeks ago. We went to Carpenter Ranches and met Jeremy Rojas who provided us with the beautiful Simcoe hops. A 20-minute drive to the brewery and we got started on the brew.”

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Prepping the hops with a hedge trimmer.
Tommy prepping the hops with a hedge trimmer.

Everything Is Blossom is not a typical fresh hop beer; the hops are not the only hyper-local ingredient in the beer. “While brewing, Ron Newhouse from Newhouse Dairy in Sunnyside stopped by,” says Tommy. “We ended up chatting a bit and hanging out for beers later in the afternoon. Really cool guys doing innovative work: Newhouse is growing grain for local brewers to use, and his grain is in Everything Is Blossom. It was malted at LINC Malt in Spokane. Both the grain and hops used in this beer couldn’t be more local, which is cool.”

In go the hops.
And the hops go in.

The first version of Everything Is Blossom—the Simcoe version—will be available starting this weekend and will last until it is gone. The second version, brewed with fresh Citra hops, is slated for release on October 8th. That second version finds its way into aluminum cans for your convenience and enjoyment.

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Zeeks Pizza Fresh Hop Breakdown

So let’s breakdown the schedule.

  • Everything is Blossom Simcoe version, available draft only. Get it in-store or order growlers and crowlers for delivery. On tap this weekend, until it’s gone.
  • Everything is Blossom Citra version, available in cans only. Releasing on October 8th.
  • Lateral A IPA Fresh Hop goes on tap this weekend. Get it in-store or delivered in growlers and crowlers. available in cans starting October 8th.
  • Fremont Brewing’s Field to Ferment available now through the end of October. Get it in-store, or have growlers and crowlers delivered.
  • Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale available in cans starting on Oct 8th.

 

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