It’s the time of the year that more and more fresh hop beers are being released and Ferment Brewing is all set to join the fray. On Wednesday, August 31, the brewery will release Fresh Hop Centennial Pale at its brewery in Hood River, Oregon.
But prior to this release, Ferment Brewing has returned with two of its most popular beers from its Top & Bottom Ferment Series.
Both Bright West IPA and German-Style Pilsner were originally released in 2021 and are now returning for a four-month run in new packaging of 12oz, 6-pack cans. This series sees the simultaneous release of a top fermenting ale and bottom fermenting lager every two months. Then after the two months a new set of beers appear. But for these two beers, they’ve received a curtain call.
Bright West is a golden-colored West Coast IPA and one of the most popular beers at Ferment’s Hood River tasting room. Cascade, Chinook and Mosaic hops were added through the brewery’s cool pool technique, providing pine and grapefruit citrus aromatics without introducing a lot of bitterness. The beer clocks in at 6.5% ABV.
Brewed with a blend of noble hops from Germany, Ferment’s German-Style Pilsner exemplifies the time honored summer beer that has taken the world by storm since 1870. The 5.4% ABV beer is dry, crisp, floral, and good for either sipping or crushing.
Then on the final day of August, Ferment is set to release Fresh Hop Centennial Pale, which is the first of the brewery’s two fresh hop beers this season. The fresh Centennial hops were harvested from Coleman Farms in Woodburn, Oregon, trucked back to the brewery the same day as harvest, and immediately packed into a fermenter containing a freshly brewed American Pale Ale. The base beer is brewed with Rahr Old World Pilsner malt and malted wheat, making way for a big peach, grapefruit, and distinct fresh hop character.
Fresh hop fanatics can find Fresh Hop Centennial Pale on draft at Ferment Brewing’s tasting room overlooking the Columbia River, and in 16oz 4-pack cans throughout Ferment’s distribution footprint in Oregon and Washington beginning on August 31, 2022.
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.