Over the past two or three years, I have become obsessed with fresh hop beers here in the northwest. As I have stated on several occasions, the best I have ever tried has been Fresh Hop Mirror Pond at the Deschutes Pub in Portland. For me, it has been the perfect example of how to use fresh hops to create a unique and outstanding beer.
In the past, Fresh Hop Mirror Pond has been a very limited draft-only release at their pubs and at a few festivals. But, this year Deschutes will be releasing a limited amount of the beer in 22oz bottles. I just hope the quality stays the same. Luckily, Deschutes has proven in the past that their special release beers are typically of oustanding quality.
Beernews.org has confirmed that the label for Fresh Hop Mirror Pond, as well as fresh hop beers from New Belgium and Sierra Nevada, have received label approval and are indeed set for release this fall. Click through to see the full article and labels on Beernews.org.
If you can’t get your hands on this beer, Deschtues has been putting another fresh hop beer, Hop Trip, in 22oz bottles for several years now. Available in much-wider distribution than I expect for the Fresh Hop Mirror Pond, Hop Trip will be at markets in six-packs this year for the first time. I plan to buy my fair share…