This Wednesday, starting at 5 PM, Maritime Pacific will be tapping this year’s Fresh Hop Ale, XPA, at the Jolly Roger Taproom. The 2014 XPA is bright and hoppy, made with over 200 lbs. of fresh Amarillo Hops from the Sunshine Ranch of Gamache & Sons in Toppenish, WA. Thanks to the Gamache family, Maritime’s brew crew was able to do an up-close-and-personal tour in the hop fields in August of this year and were totally blown away by the family’s hospitality, and of course, what effect this year’s Amarillo harvest had on this year’s XPA profile. Maritime has been brewing XPA with all fresh Amarillo hops for over 12 years, with this year showing to be one of the standout years for this fresh hop ale. XPA is a pale ale style with a decided hop character that runs the gamut from bold citrus notes to floral aromatics. Its 5.5% ABV combined with its 55 IBU makes a perfect session beer for those wanting hops and flavor. For the release night Maritime will also be tapping at 5 PM a special dry hopped cask conditioned version of this year’s XPA on the bar. Get here as early as you can because we know the cask will not last long.
Hope to see you Wednesday!