- Created on 27 February 2017
- Written by Chris Brooks
- Created on 08 October 2012
- Written by Kirbie
The hop harvest is here again and we couldn't be more excited! Each year brewers seem to get more adventurous using fresh hops and this year is no different. From old school harvest ales to fresh and wet hop IPA's, pales, and pilsners. And we're pouring them all! We will be pouring 15-20 of these brews throughout the month of October.
While most breweries take their hops straight to where they belong, IPA's, some take a much different tack. Lighter beers such as pilsner's and "session" ales popped up this year. They tend to show the more herbal and flower-y flavors of the hops. While IPA's and pales taste more like their year round counterparts, albeit with a much fresher and brighter hop profile.
Many breweries rush the hops straight from the farm to the kettle for the absolute freshest possible flavor. But the process breweries employ in using these fresh hops can differ quite a bit. They might use them every step of the way or at different times to impart a variety of different flavors and aromas. And the differences in the hop varities is even more pronounced when they are used fresh.
The hop harvest only happens once a year, so let's enjoy it while we can!