Beer Release: OR & WA: Get It Now … Two Beers Fresh Hop India Pale Ale

You an accept or deny it till the earth spins in the sun, but we are all lemmings to trends. Whether it’s sweaters in August, the latest batch of Christmas movies in November, or Fall beers in August or September. Now if only we rake up all our leaves in July instead of waiting till September.

Today we are happy to announce that Two Beers is releasing that traditional beers in the Northwest – the fresh hop beer.

If you aren’t familiar with the practice of fresh hopping, then you have not enjoyed some of the most unique beers all year. In fact these are so unique the breweries literally drive to the hop fields to pick up their allotment, before dropping them immediately into the boil.

image courtesy Two Beers BrewingWhich is why Two Beers is happy to announce the return of their Fresh Hop Ale, an India Pale Ale with hops picked only a few weeks ago. In fact the beer is already at the brewery and (probably) flying off the shelves.

More on what makes Two Beers’ Fresh Hop Ale so special.

A hyper seasonal, the expanding brewery’s Fresh Hop Ale is know for its intense hop flavor and unique brewing process, which involves a same-day round trip to Yakima, four hours of picking fresh hops off the vine and a 24-hour brewing process.

“The creation of this beer is an annual tradition for the Two Beers Brewing team. We get a call that the hops are ready and by that night, we’re in the field pulling the vines down ourselves,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder and head brewer of Two Beers Brewing. “We enjoy the work that goes into this beer, the tribute it pays to Washington-grown hops and the chance it provides for the public to get involved.”

First brewed in 2009, Fresh Hop enters its fifth 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 from Puterbaugh Farms used to create it. Dark straw in color with light caramel malt tones, Fresh Hop 2013 settles in at 6.2 percent ABV resembling an aggressively dry-hopped IPA, but packing the punch 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.

Start looking for Two Beers Fresh Hop Ale on the shelf of grocery stores throughout Oregon & Washington. Plus the brewery is happy to announce the distribution of (a limited amount) of Fresh Hop to bars in the Seattle area.

Cheers

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 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 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weeklyTuesday – Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays 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 Northern Idaho. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.

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