The 2013 Fresh Hop Throwdown at The Noble Fir is in the books, and Laurelwood Brewing took top honors from the judges with their Fresh Hop Workhorse IPA. 18 fresh hop beers (and one cider) from WA and OR were featured at the event. There was a blind judging of all the beers earlier in the day, and the beers with the top four scores were:
1) Laurelwood Fresh Hop Workhorse IPA
2) Fremont Cowiche Canyon
3) Big Al Amarillo Pale Ale
4) Bainbridge Island SMaSHaSS
There were a lot of great beers pouring (click on the image to see the full list up close) and some stiff competition across the board; quite a few really good beers landed outside the top 4 spots. A big thumbs up to the entire staff at The Noble Fir for handling a huge crowd as well as they possibly could. Also, a big thanks to the judges that participated and the breweries that were a part of the Throwdown.
I’d love to hear what other people’s favorites of the day were. Feel free to leave a comment.
I would imagine that several of these fresh hop beers are still on tap at The Noble Fir, so if you missed the event you can stop by when they open back up Tuesday (4pm) to see what is left.