Over the past few years one of the first breweries out of the gate to release a fresh hop beer has been Two Beers Brewing from Seattle, Washington. Fresh Hop IPA is scheduled for a release on Friday, August 19 at The Woods Tasting Room that is connected to the brewery in SoDo. This year’s version also sees a first, Fresh Hop IPA will move from its former 22 oz. bottle packaging to a new 12 oz. can along with being available on draft.
Using freshly picked Centennial Hops from Yakima, Fresh Hop IPA has been a fan favorite as the 2015 version took first place at the 2015 Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Festival. This years Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Festival will take place on Saturday, October 1. If you have never been this is one great evening of fresh hop beers located in the hop capital of the United States.
Here is more from the press release…
“We look forward to this beer just as much as our Fresh Hop fans do,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Two Beers Brewing Co. “It’s an annual tradition for our team, as well as the dozens of people who come out to help us handpick the hops off the vines on our dock. We love getting to involve the public in making this fantastic beer and can’t wait to enjoy it for the first time in cans!”
A hyper seasonal, Two Beers Brewing’s Fresh Hop IPA is known for its intense hop flavor and unique brewing process, which involves a same-day round trip drive to Yakima, four hours of picking fresh hops off the vines and a 24-hour brewing process. Ringing in at approximately 70 IBUs and 6.2% ABV, Two Beers Brewing’s annual Fresh Hop IPA features a juicy citrus aroma – offering hints of grapefruit and passion fruit – that can be attributed to the fresh Yakima Valley-grown Centennial hops used to create it. Dark straw in color with light caramel malt tones, Fresh Hop resembles an aggressively dry-hopped IPA, but packing the punch and flavor only fresh hops can deliver. In addition to Centennial hops, this beer features locally grown Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and experimental hops, helping this popular beer achieve its bright and delightfully bitter flavor. Available in 12-ounce cans and on draft throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho, this beer will only be available for a limited time.
Celebrate the release of this exciting beer on Friday, August 19 at The Woods tasting room in SoDo (4660 Ohio Ave S) from 3-10pm. Pints and tasters will be available, with six-packs of Fresh Hop available for purchase from The Woods retail space. Shared with Seattle Cider Company, The Woods tasting room features pool, shuffleboard and an outdoor patio, as well as food from Bread & Circuses available for purchase.
About Two Beers Brewing Co. Two Beers Brewing Co. began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007 and today, produces twelve unique beers including five year-round, seven seasonal and a host of intricate infusions in its 4,800-square-foot SoDo brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings kegs and growler fill-ups available at their tasting room located at 4660 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday – Friday from 3-9 pm, Saturdays from 1-10pm & Sundays from 1-6pm. Select brews can also be found in 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.