Hop harvest is beginning here in Oregon this week and Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project will release four fresh hop beers from the 2019 hop harvest. Crux will release Pert Near, Dr. Jack, and Way Two Fresh in the coming months in new 16oz cans and on draft. The brewer will also release Off the Fence Fresh Hop NW Pale Alethat will only be available at its Tasting Room in Bend.
At publishing, the brewer already has its first fresh hop IPA in the brite tank absorbing all of the goodness that Centennial hops can provide. Then on Thursday, September 12th, Crux will host its annual hop picking party when it invites craft beer fans to pick its “estate-grown” Cascade hops for Off The Fence, its Fresh Hop NW Pale Ale.
Here are descriptions of all three forthcoming canned Fresh Hop IPAs from Crux…
PERT NEAR | Fresh Hop IPA
In anticipation of the first Centennials coming off the bine, we got a head start and brewed this IPA so it would be ready to be “wet-hopped” as soon as we got the call from Gayle at Goschie Farms. And this year we added a new twist by throwing fresh Tettnangs into the hopback. It’s pert near the first fresh hop beer you’ll enjoy this season while waiting for us to brew up a few more. 6.9% ABV 50 IBUs (Early September release)
DR. JACK | Fresh Hop IPA
Named for hop pioneer Dr. Jack Horner – creator of the Cascade hop – this trailblazing IPA features freshly harvested Oregon-grown Cascade hops, added to the kettle the very same day they’re picked in order to maximize all the floral and citrusy goodness this legendary hop has to offer. Inspiring as our brewery’s view of the Cascade Mountains at sunset, this fresh expression of their namesake hop is one we know would make Dr. Jack proud. 6.9% ABV 50 IBUs (Late September release)
WAY TWO FRESH | Fresh Hop IIPA
To craft this fresh hop tour de force, we’ve simultaneously harvested fresh hops from two valleys in two states on the same morning, combining them into a single kettle that very afternoon… dream big, right? Fully hop-forward with rich tropical qualities, this flavorful blend of fresh Willamette Valley Mosaic and Yakima Valley Simcoe hops is an Imperial IPA that’s double the trouble and downright delicious. 9.9% ABV 65 IBUs (Early October release)
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.