Yes, fresh hop beers are delicious. Plain and simple, when well-executed a fresh hop beer offers a crisp, popping hop character that screams fresh. There is no denying that fresh hop beers are also symbolic in nature. They are a celebration of the harvest, a magical thing that happens each year, gifting brewers and beer lovers with another year’s worth of hoppy goodness.
However it happens, whoever they know, Two Beers Brewing is typically the first brewery out of the gate each year. The annual Fresh Hop Picking Party at the brewery is the precursor and the release of Two Beers Brewing’s Fresh Hop IPA a couple weeks later marks the unofficial kickoff to fresh hop season. This year, the beer’s release date is Friday, August 9th. It will be available on draft and in package at The Woods Tasting Room in Seattle. More details in the press release below.
From Bine to Brew in under 24 Hours- Two Beers Brewing Co Releases First of the Season IPA!
Seattle-based brewery to release first of the season Fresh Hop IPA featuring fresh Centennial Hops from Puterbaugh Farms in Yakima Valley
SEATTLE (August 7, 2019) – First of the season Fresh Hop IPA is on the way! Join the team from Two Beers Brewing Co. on Friday, August 9 for the release of Fresh Hop IPA on draft and in package at the Woods Tasting Room in SoDo.
First brewed in 2009, Two Beers Brewing’s Fresh Hop IPA enters its tenth season on the Two Beers fall lineup, remaining one of the Seattle-based brewery’s most popular releases. A beautifully balanced and hoppy labor of love, Fresh Hop IPA is made with Centennial hops harvested from Yakima Valley’s Puterbaugh Farms. The hops are handpicked by dozens of staff and volunteers at The Woods Tasting Room, and Fresh Hop IPA is brewed within 24 hours of harvest.
Head Brewer, Jesse Ransavage and Production Manager, Ben Antonius continued the annual Two Beers tradition of travelling to Yakima to harvest hop bines by hand. This year’s Fresh Hop IPA (6.2% ABV/70 IBUs) will feature Centennial Hops from Puterbaugh Farms, giving the brew a juicy citrus aroma balanced with a delightfully bitter finish.
Craft beer fans looking to experience Fresh Hop IPA on draft while surrounded by fresh hop cones are invited to help with the harvest. A second series of hop picking parties have been scheduled for Monday, August 12. Join the Two Beers team at The Woods Tasting Room in SoDo (4660 Ohio Ave S. 98134) from 3-8PM, or at Rhein Haus Seattle (912 12th Ave. 98122) from 4-8PM to pick hops from the bine while enjoying some of the first pints of Fresh Hop IPA on draft.
“Two Beers’ Fresh Hop IPA is a celebration of Pacific Northwest ingredients” said Joel VandenBrink, Founder & CEO of Two Beers Brewing Co. “Our Fresh Hop has long been one of my favorite beers and I look forward to the harvest every year.”
Celebrate the release of Fresh Hop IPA on Friday, August 9 at The Woods from 3-10pm. Shared with Seattle Cider Company, and Sound Craft Seltzer Co, The Woods will feature a full line up of pints and tasters, along with package product to go. Fresh Hop IPA will be available in 12-ounce cans and on draft throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho, for a limited time starting August 9.