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Beyond “Hoppy”: Describing the Flavor Range of American IPAs

  We tend to think of hops as one of the four essential ingredients in beer. But that just shows how modern we are: although people have been drinking beer for at least 5000 years, hops have only been a crucial part of the recipe since sometime in the 14th or [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:13-07:00February 15th, 2018|

Atwood Ales Farm Brewery harvests its own hops

It’s an exciting time of year in the Northwest. We’re now knee deep in hop harvest season, which typically runs from August through late September, depending on the hop variety and the local climate of the hop field. It’s also prime time for making “fresh” or “wet” hop beers, which are [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:22-07:00September 13th, 2017|

Northwest breweries look to their own backyard for innovation after AB InBev buys entire South African hop crop

  Last week AB InBev bought the entire South African hop crop. That's right, the entire country's crop. South African hops make up about 1% of the world's hop crop, but have become an increasingly hot commodity in the race towards breweries seeking out new, rare and innovative hops. According to AB [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:34-07:00May 16th, 2017|

Beer Review #66 — Hopworks Ferocious Citrus IPA

  Happy Spring folks! We're officially out of Winter, at least as far as the calendar is concerned. The rain and cold may continue, but I wanted to reach for something bright and vibrant in hops of encouraging the weather to do the same. Hopworks in Portland is going through a [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:36-07:00March 21st, 2017|

Less Hype, More Hops: Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow celebrates strong, aggressively hopped beers

The fourth annual Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow kicks off tomorrow, Feb. 2, at Brouwer’s Café in Seattle, where you will find a whopping 32 Hop Mob beers on tap. Through Feb. 12, other Hop Mob events will follow in 8 western Washington cities, from Bellingham to Vancouver. This year, [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:45-07:00February 1st, 2017|

Elizabeth Station’s Top 2017 Hopes and Predictions

  The owner of Elizabeth Station, Patrick McEvoy, one of the region's premiere bottle shops spent the last few weeks putting together their "Top 2017 Hopes and Predictions". We wanted to compile them here for you. Tell us what you think! #11: Founders Brewing Co. This prediction is easy. 6pks just arrived [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:47-07:00January 17th, 2017|

Looking back on the 2015 hop crop, toward the future

  In a recent release, Hop Growers of America (HGA) deemed the 2015 hop crop “good” overall. Despite climatic challenges, this year’s harvest exceeded 2014’s by 11%, and most hop contracts are expected to be fulfilled by U.S. growers and merchants. (Some reported numbers vary slightly because some reports reflect acreage and [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:23:15-07:00December 31st, 2015|

Boundary Bay Picks 350lbs of Hops for 20th Anniversary Beer

Ed and Janet from Boundary Bay Brewery headed to Virgil Gamache Farms and helped pick 350lbs of hops for they're upcoming 20th Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale. Virgil Gamache Farms is where the Amarillo hop was created! Boundary is using about 275-350lbs for wet hopping and Dry hopping - All fresh whole-cone Amarillo. The [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:27:35-07:00August 31st, 2015|
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