Admittedly this website has been on autopilot for some time. For that we have only the great weather in the Northwest to thank.
But looking at the calendar we completely forgot that it’s fast approaching September and with it, Harvest beers!
Believe it or not, beer isn’t always brewed with kilned hop pellets or bushels of hops. Sometimes the brewer heads out to the hop fields during the harvest, fills his (or her) truck with hops and hauls tail back to the brewery. The basis for this is simple, create a fresh-hop, uniquely tasting beer.
Or as we like to call it, the freshest tasting beer you will have all year. Which is why we are happy to announce the arrival of what will be many released fresh-hop beers.
Coming soon to a draught or shelf near you, Two Beers’ Fresh Hop.
“We look forward to this time of the year at the brewery and the flavorful beers that come with it,” said Joel VandenBrink, Two Beers Brewing founder and head brewer. “Plus, we’re excited to add Pumpkin Spice to our lineup of 22-ounce bottles, meaning more opportunity for our fans to enjoy the delicious flavors of fall.”
About Fresh Hop Ale 2012
First brewed in 2009, Fresh Hop enters its fourth season on the brewery’s fall lineup. This Northwest-inspired brew’s strong citrus aroma – featuring hints of grapefruit and passion fruit – can be attributed to the freshly picked, Yakima Valley-grown Centennial hops used to create it. Copper in color with deep caramel malt tones, Fresh Hop 2012 settles in at 6.2 percent ABV resembling an aggressively dry-hopped mid-range IPA, but packing the punch only fresh hops can deliver. In addition to Centennial hops, this beer features locally grown Apollo, Cascade, Columbus, Super Galena, and Warrior hops, helping this popular beer achieve its bright and delightfully bitter flavor.
“This beer is a true demonstration of team work and our love for craft beer,” added VandenBrink. “Each year, we wait with anticipation for the call that the hops are ready. The moment we receive it, we drive to Yakima to pick them ourselves and that same day, we’re back at the brewery with staff and loyal fans handpicking the hops off the vines. There’s nothing else like it.”
“Two Beers Brewing does an amazing job capturing the flavor of the season with its Fresh Hop, which was voted top Washington fresh hop at our annual Fresh Hop Throwdown last year,” said Ellen Kelly and Rick Weersing, owners of The Noble Fir in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, known for its outstanding craft beer selection. “It’s a true tribute to local beer and Washington-grown hops, and we couldn’t be more excited for its return.”
For those of you reading this post on Thursday (August 30th) we are encouraging you to swing into the brewery’s tasting room to try not only the Fresh Hop Ale but also their Pumpkin Spice Ale & Heart of Darkness Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale.
August 31st., 2012 3:00 PM – ?
Fresh Hop Ale Release at “The Woods Tasting Room”/ Two Beers Brewery
4700 Ohio Avenue South Seattle, WA 98134
About Pumpkin Spice Ale
Malt forward with a nutmeg and clove aroma, drinkers of this fall-focused brew will enjoy cinnamon lingering on the tongue, with allspice rounding out the back end of the palate. First released in the fall of 2009, this perfectly spiced, deep copper colored ale – brewed with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice – makes its return to taps and now retailers on September 7.
About Heart of Darkness Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale
Also joining the Two Beer Brewing tap list in September is the brewery’s Heart of Darkness Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA). Coming in 67 IBUs and a 8.4 percent ABV, this beer was first brewed as a limited release in 2011 and quickly became a popular pick, both on tap and in a bottle. An imperial version of the emerging “Black IPA” style, the Heart of Darkness Imperial CDA mixes dark roasted specialty malts with highly citrus and floral hops, and is then dry-hopped with Columbus hops for a smooth finish. Featuring flavors of molasses, dark cherry, oak and chocolate, this noteworthy beer will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on tap around Seattle beginning October 1.
Congrats to Joel and all the staff at Two Beers for another successful year of producing a truly unique beer.
About Two Beers Brewing Co.
Two Beers Brewing Co. – makers of Evolutionary IPA and a host of Northwest-inspired beers – began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007. Today, Two Beers Brewing produces twelve unique beers including five year-round, seven seasonals 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 4700 Ohio Ave. S. (Unit A) in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday – Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 – 6 p.m. 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. With a strong belief in supporting the local economy, Two Beers Brewing takes pride in using Washington ingredients to create all of its handcrafted beers. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.