image courtesy Deschutes BreweryFor this writer we cannot deny that things taste best fresh. In fact some of those ‘best consumed fresh’ items include a loaf of bread, pot of fresh-roasted coffee, a hot from the oven brownie, and of course a fresh-hopped IPA.

For this writer our list of favorite “fresh-hopped” beers is numerous. But there is no denying that Deschutes’ Chasin Freshies and Hop Trip belongs on that list.

Cam O’Connor, brewmaster at Deschutes Brewery, said, “Fresh hop season is one of my favorite times of the year. The number of different beers that are made with fresh hops gives people an unlimited selection to choose from. All the amazing flavors and aromas that permeate from fresh hop beers are really exciting for me. I feel like a kid in a candy store sometimes during this season.”, source, Deschutes Brewery

Starting in a few weeks, Deschutes is releasing this year’s version of Chasin’ Freshies India Pale Ale, using fresh Amarillo hops - from Oregon’s famed Gamache Farms. And don’t think that I forgot about Deschute veteran IPA, Hop Trip - with Crystal hops from Sodbuster Farms.

Look for both beers, in 22 ounce bottles, to be available throughout the Northwest starting in October.


More on Chasin’ Freshies India Pale Ale

Chasin’ Freshies, dubbed after the ski town pastime of chasing fresh powder on the slopes, hit the scene last year with some well-carved turns. Rather than the heirloom Cascade hops of the 2012 version, the brewers changed things up for 2013 and feature the fresh and bold Amarillo hops in this IPA. Fresh hop beer lovers will appreciate the bold, juicy aroma and flavor that comes but once a year. 7.2% Alcohol by Volume (ABV); 65 IBUs

More on Hop Trip India Pale Ale and it’s nearly decade-long appeal

The highly celebrated Hop Trip has been enjoyed by Deschutes Brewery fans for nearly a decade and is once again offered in 12-ounce bottle 6-packs as part of the Bond Street Series lineup. Why the longevity for this particular brew? Not only does it taste fantastic, but there’s a great story. The brewery team rushes over to the Willamette Valley each year to pick, bag and load up fresh whole flower hops. They quickly return to Bend, Oregon and dump these freshly harvested jewels into the brew kettle. The result? A perfect pale ale with a uniquely citrus punch and fall spice flavor. 5.5% Alcohol by Volume (ABV); 38 IBUs

About Deschutes Brewery

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Deschutes Brewery began as a brew pub in downtown Bend, Oregon and is known for such brands as Black Butte Porter, its flagship brew and the nation’s number one selling craft porter, and the popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale. In addition to its original Bend pub, this family and employee-owned brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District in 2008. The company’s main brewing facility is located on the banks of the Deschutes River and produces over 250,000 barrels of beer annually for distribution in 21 states and two provinces. Deschutes Brewery was named one of America’s Best Places to Work in 2013 by Outside Magazine. To find out more, visit

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