The third release it its State of Excitement Series, one that benefits the Oregon Brewers Guild is now available. State of Excitement No. 3 – Harvest IPA was just brewed and canned by Wild Ride Brewingin Redmond, Oregon alongside 26 supposed collaborating breweries.
Founded in 1992, the Oregon Brewers Guild is one of the nation’s oldest craft brewers associations. The sales from State of Excitement No. 3 will benefit the trade group that has seen a sharp decline in revenue that the guild would have received from cancelled beer festivals this year as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The final beer in this series, State of Excitement No. 4, will be a holiday-centric beer released in December.
“Our original vision for this beer was a Fresh Hop Pale Ale to be brewed with fresh Crystal and El Dorado hops,” said Christina LaRue, Executive Director of the Oregon Brewers Guild, in a statement. “Unfortunately, we had to pivot due to the effect the wildfires had on the harvest schedule, but that’s 2020 for you. We were able to access freshly kilned 2020 Centennial hops, which led us to the idea of creating a Harvest IPA – it may not be a fresh hop beer, but it’s darn close!”
State of Excitement No. 3 – Harvest IPA, at 6.5% ABV, is brewed from freshly kilned Centennial hops donated by Crosby Hops, Pekko hops donated by Goschie Farms, and Amarillo donated by PDX U-Brew/Unicorn Brewing; malts donated by Country Malt Group, including Pure Oregon two-row crafted from 100% Oregon grown barley; pitched with Flagship yeast donated by Imperial Yeast; printing, cans and packaging donated by Rose City Label, Craft Canning and WCP Solutions. Label design work was donated by Baerlic Beer Co. All of the proceeds from State of Excitement No. 3 benefit the Oregon Brewers Guild, and its efforts to protect and promote the state’s craft beer industry.
“It was a pleasure and honor to be the host brewery for the State of Excitement Collaboration this Fall,” said Michael “Curly” White, Head Brewer at Wild Ride Brewing, in a statement. “The Harvest IPA that was created was definitely a deeply discussed and collaborated beer. The overall impression of the result is that of a classic IPA with Centennial and Amarillo dominating the hop characteristics. The way the brewing community came together to help out in all facets of the design, brew and packaging reminded me of the actual community that Oregon brewers maintain.”
“With this iteration of the State of Excitement series, Craft Canning felt especially proud to support the Oregon Brewers Guild with our services,” said Ryan McFarland of Craft Canning, in a statement. “The fires and smoke affected many breweries in Oregon, hindering their patio sales due to closure for a handful of days. The State of Excitement series is a wonderful way for Oregonians to show their continued support for our industry by visiting and picking up this beer at their favorite breweries. The OBG is a great partner to Craft and we look forward to seeing the Harvest IPA being enjoyed by many. Cheers!”
State of Excitement No. 3 – Harvest IPA will be available in 16oz cans at participating breweries that include: Baerlic Beer Co, Barsideous Brewing, Bend Brewing Co, Bevel Brewing, Breakside Brewery, Brewery 26, Buoy Beer Co, Deschutes Brewery, Gateway Brewing, Gigantic Brewing, Laurelwood Brewing, Leikam Brewing, McMenamins, Modern Times PDX, Ninkasi Brewing, Ratchet Brewery, Sasquatch Brewing, Stickmen Brewing, Three Mugs Brewing, Threshold Brewing & Blending, Unicorn Brewing, Von Ebert Brewing, Weekend Beer Co, Wild Ride Brewing, Wolf Tree Brewing, and Yachats Brewing.
The beer will also be available at local bottle shops which include: Broken Top Bottle Shop and Newport Market in Bend, OR; FunctionPDX, and Imperial Bottle Shop in Portland, OR; and Ben’s Bottle Shop in Vancouver, WA.
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.