Ah, hops. Is there anything they can’t do? Well, yeah, I guess so. Whatever.
I love me some hops, and this is a great time of year to celebrate with a bunch of hoppy beers. Brouwer’s Cafe is throwing their annual Hopfest starting tomorrow. They’ll turn almost all of their 60 (or so) taps over to hoppy elixirs, including a slate of fresh hop beers, special releases, and rarities. The event kicks off tomorrow and it will be a hell of a party, but they’ll have a bunch of these beers on tap at least throughout the weekend until they run dry.
With so much great hoppy beer available in the NW, you know you are going to have a hard time choosing what to get. The full tentative list of beers is available on their website, but below are a few things to target.
Fresh Hop Beers – Looks like they’ll have about 10 fresh hop beers, much more than they’ve had in the past (they moved the fest back specifically for this reason). Fort George Fresh Hop Oatmeal Pale Ale and Logsdon Fresh Hop Seizon would be at the top of my list. Also can’t wait to try Black Raven’s offering, which features the new Mosaic hop.
Boneyard Armored Fist Imperial Black Ale – This is a collaboration they did with Three Floyd’s Brewing, and it kicks serious ass.
Hale’s Bourbon Barrel Supergoose – In my opinion, bourbon barrel aged IPAs often come off as a bit of a mess, but I still always look forward to trying them in the rare case when a brewery pulls it off. Haven’t tried this one yet, but definitely will.
Snipes Vaquero Imperial IPA – An imperial IPA featuring lots of big fruity hop flavors. Drinks lighter than its 8.5% ABV. Right up my alley.
Elysian Space Dust IPA – One of the better IPAs to come from Elysian, and they’ve made a lot of good ones over the years.
Oakshire Coffee IPA – The only other coffee IPA I’ve ever had was from Naked City, and it was pretty impressive.
New Belgium Dry Hopped La Terroir – A fantastic sour beer that will be a nice change to your palate after a bunch of really hoppy beers.