2012 Fresh Hop Throwdown Coming Up This Saturday – Beer List

September 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Events, Oregon Breweries, Washington Breweries

The 2012 Fresh Hop Throwdown at The Noble Fir will take place this upcoming Saturday, September 29. Doors open at 4pm to the public. We’ve put together a great list for the event, which you can find below.

It turns out that quite a few Oregon breweries aren’t able to get fresh hop beers up to Seattle by the 29th, so we’ll be doing away with the “vs” for 2012 and featuring more WA beers. The good news is that we will have a bunch of fresh hop beers from WA breweries that we were not able to include last year due to space limitations. We’ll be pouring 17 fresh hop beers overall (one more than last year); all of them from either WA or OR. We will also be doing a private judging earlier in the afternoon to determine the top beers, which we will reveal at the event later in the day.

Here is the full beer list:

Anacortes Brewery Fresh Hop
Fresh Hops Used: TBD
Style: TBD

Bainbridge Island Brewing Locabore – Fresh Hop SMaSHaSS
Fresh Hops Used: Amarillos
ABV: 6.0%
Style: Pale Ale
Single Malt, Single Hop, Single State. Great Western WA Select Malt (WA grown and malted 2-row) and 100% Wet Amarillos from Yakima. Like being ever so politely murdered by the Her Majesty the Queen, with a grapefruit.

Black Raven Brewing Mosaic Wet Hop Ale
Fresh Hops Used: Mosaic
ABV: 5.7%
Style: Pale Ale
Wet hop ales are very unique in that they can only be brewed at harvest time. The hops are picked right off the bines, skipping the kiln and going directly into the brewery kettle. These hops were grown in the Yakima valley region of Washington.
This beer was brewed with 100% Gambrinus ESB base malt and the single hop variety Mosaic. This brand new variety was formally known as HBC 369 before becoming a production hop in crop year 2012.

Double Mountain Killer Red
Fresh Hops Used: Perles
ABV: 7.2%
IBU: 88
Style: Red Ale
It’s harvest time again, which means using just-picked hops straight from Sodbuster Farm in the Willamette Valley. Fresh Perles give Killer Red its distinct apple/pine/orange notes, atop the same type of biscuit/caramel character you find in our India Red Ale (“IRA”). Drinks like it’s IRA, but the extra strength is worth respecting. 7.2% ABV 88 IBUs

Elysian Brewing Chinookie
Fresh Hops Used: Chinook
ABV: 5.8%
IBU: 40
Style: Pale Ale
We brewed it all for the Chinookie. The what? The Chinook hops! 50# of wet Chinook hops hooked up with this pale ale, resulting in a memorable one-night-brew. 5.8% ABV 40 IBUs

Engine House #9 Spike’s Harvest Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Fresh Hops Used: Cascade/Centennial
ABV: 5.4%
Style: Pale Ale
Spike’s is a pale ale with an ABV of 5.4%. We have a crew of regulars lead by our hop grower guru (Spike) that grow cascades and centennials just for this beer. We hop it with all 74 lbs of hops that they grew in a 5 barrel batch.

Everybody’s Brewing Head Stash
Fresh Hops Used: Centennial
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Pale Ale

Fort George Brewery Fresh Hop Vortex
Fresh Hops Used: Simcoe/Amarillo/Citra/Centennial
ABV: 7.7%
Style: IPA
For this batch of Vortex, Fort George moved its production back to the pub system, “Sweet Virginia,” where it all started, and vowed to make the freshest, hoppiest Vortex yet. The hops were shipped directly from Hop Union in Yakima, WA after harvest and the whole hops were thrown directly into the kettle. Oozing of luplulin, the sticky-icky fresh hops added were Simcoe, Amarillo, and a light hand of Citra and Centennial. 7.7% ABV

Fremont Brewing Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale
Fresh Hops Used: Citra/Simcoe
ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 70
Style: Pale Ale
Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale is brewed from select organic hops grown in the Cowiche Canyon of the Yakima Valley which are harvested and placed into our kettle within 24 hours, creating a unique, once-a year beer. We make Cowiche Canyon ale in partnership with hop- growing wizards from the Yakima Valley in an effort to expand the organic hop industry in Washington State… Because Organic
Hops Matter. A portion of all sales fund the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy.
Down & Dirty: Organic Pale, Crystal, Carapils & Vienna Malts, Organic Citra & Simcoe hops-120
pounds per batch.

Hopworks Urban Brewery IPX – The Freshmaker
Fresh Hops Used: Cascade
ABV: 6.0%
Style: IPA

Laurelwood Brewing Fresh Hop Red
Fresh Hops Used: Cascade
ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 60
Style: Red Ale
This is a Fresh Hop version of our beloved Organic Free Range Red Ale, made with Fresh Hops picked from Crosby Hop Farms in Woodburn, OR.
Malts Organic 2-row, Organic Crystal, Organic Cara-hell
Hops Wet Cascade, Cascade, Nugget

Naked City Brewery Hoptari 2012
Fresh Hops Used: Citra/Simcoe
ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 75
Style: IPA

North Sound Brewery Hopsolute Wet Hop IPA
Fresh Hops Used: Simcoe/Amarillo/Citra/Centennial
ABV: 6.6%
IBU: 70
Style: IPA
100% pure, wet-hopped! Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo were used in the boil and Citra wet-hopped this flavorful ale in the tank. Present in the aroma are lemons, melons and freshly cut grass with flavors of pine, bitter grapefruit and thyme. 70 IBUs. 6.6% ABV

Schooner Exact Brewing Amarillo Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Fresh Hops Used: Amarillo
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 50
Style: Pale Ale

Snipes Mountain Brewery New Sheriff
Fresh Hops Used: Simcoe, Citra and Centennial
ABV: 4.1%
IBU: 65
Style: Session IPA

Two Beers Brewing 2012 Fresh Hop
Fresh Hops Used: Centennial
ABV: 6.2%
Style: IPA
First brewed in 2009, Fresh Hop enters its fourth season on the brewery’s fall lineup. This Northwest-inspired brew’s strong citrus aroma – featuring hints of grapefruit and passion fruit – can be attributed to the freshly picked, Yakima Valley-grown Centennial hops used to create it. Copper in color with deep caramel malt tones, Fresh Hop 2012 settles in at 6.2 percent ABV resembling an aggressively dry-hopped mid-range IPA, but packing the punch only fresh hops can deliver. In addition to Centennial hops, this beer features locally grown Apollo, Cascade, Columbus, Super Galena, and Warrior hops, helping this popular beer achieve its bright and delightfully bitter flavor.

Wingman Brewers Simcoe Fresh Hop
Fresh Hops Used: Simcoe
ABV: 8%
Style: IPA
10lbs of fresh Simcoe hops per barrel


One Comment so far ↓

  • Beershaun

    I Love this time of year. Fresh hop beers are some of the best parts about PACNW beers.

    I have tried the Two Beers and HUB IPX and they are both excellent. Although reading between the lines on the Two Beers bottle indicates it’s not a 100% fresh hop beer. Not sure if that crosses into a grey area in a fresh hop competition or not.

    I am personally looking forward to trying the beers on that list from:
    3)Black Raven

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