Hop Harvest 2013 – DOUBLE THE HOPS, DOUBLE THE FUN
This year’s Hop Harvest adds Oregon hops at both ends of the brewing process
PORTLAND, Ore. – September 10, 2013 – BridgePort Brewing Company decided to try something new this year with its Hop Harvest beer. BridgePort’s brewmaster, Jeff Edgerton, took two trips to Annen Farms in Mt. Angel, Oregon to harvest over 900 pounds of fresh hops to use at the top and the bottom of the brewing cycle.
The BridgePort team was on their way to harvest four hundred pounds of fresh, green Oregon Fuggle hops earlier this summer to get Hop Harveststarted. At the end of fermentation, the team returned to collect an additional five hundred pounds of green Tettnang hops to add before cooling. The two step process of adding hops at both ends of brewing embodies the meaning of fresh and local.
The result of two trips south and 900 pounds of hops later is this year’s Hop Harvest: a double fresh hopped imperial pilsner that locks in the aromas and flavors of the fresh green hops picked straight from the field.
“We wanted to showcase the delicate fresh hop flavors so we used Pilsner malt and fermented with lager yeast,” said Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. “By finishing off the beer with a very light filtration the fresh hop aroma is better preserved. Be sure to drink this one right off the shelf to truly experience the fresh hop flavor.”
BridgePort’s Hop Harvest Stats:
IBU’s: 60 ABV: 8 % Color: Golden OG: 17
Ingredients: Green (undried) Oregon Fuggle hops and green Tettnang hops with a Great Western Superior Pilsen base malt.
Description: An Imperial Pilsner with a golden color around 60 IBUs with Oregon Nugget Hops and Oregon Fuggle in the hopjack. Green Tettnanghops were added at the end of fermentation before cooling.
About BridgePort Brewing Company
Oregon’s oldest craft brewery continues to evolve from a microbrewery to a regional leader in the craft brewing market, while remaining faithful to its commitment to producing high-quality, innovative craft ales. The BridgePort family of ales includes IPA, Hop Czar, Kingpin, a seasonal lineup including Witch Hunt and Ebenezer and a collection of Big Brews. BridgePort Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall St. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visitwww.bridgeportbrew.com.
The 10th annual Hood River Hops Fest takes place this Saturday, September 28, 2013 in beautiful downtown Hood River. The event, organized by the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, will bring together 44 breweries and 65 fresh-hopped beers for a one day celebration of the great microbrews of the Pacific Northwest.
General admission to the festival starts at noon but for those looking to get an early start pre-sale VIP packages can be purchased online and allow an 11:00 a.m. entry. The $20 VIP package includes beer tasting stein and 8 tokens. $10 general admission packages, available online and at the door, include beer tasting stein and 4 tokens. Additional tokens will be available for purchase for $1 each.
In addition to the beer, there will be a day-long lineup of live music, local culinary favorites, a great selection of Gorge wines, arts and crafts vendors and a children’s play. Minors are welcome until 5:00 p.m.; dogs are not allowed.
Hood River Hops Fest
Saturday, September 28, 2013 Noon – 9:00 p.m.
Downtown Hood River, OR between 5th and 7th streets and Cascade and Columbia Streets (free street parking throughout Hood River)
Tickets: $20 VIP/$10 general admission online or at the door
Brewvana Brewery Tours, Portland’s Ultimate Craft Beer Tour Experience, is launching their Kickstarter campaign with a party at Hopworks Urban Brewery Thursday, September 26th 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Since starting the company two years ago owner Ashley Rose Salvitti has grown the operation, adding a second, 14-passenger bus, hiring more tour guides and increasing the number and scope of tours. The two buses, affectionately named “Angel” and “Rosie” transport beer enthusiasts to and from breweries in Portland and beyond. A successfully funded $10,000 Kickstarter campaign will provide the buses with not only a cosmteic makeover but also some under-the-hood work. Ambitious as always, Salvitti has set a stretch goal of $25,000 that would allow Brewvana to obtain the permits and licenses necessary to extend tours into nearby Washington State and take longer trips to Oregon beer-centric locals such as Bend.
An all-ages launch party will take place at Hopworks Urban Brewery on Thursday. Brewvana will be equipped to take donations onsite with donors receiving a raffle ticket for each $5 donated. The entire Brewvana team along with bus artwork designer Cassandra Stemler will be on hand, Kickstarter reward packages will be on display and throughout the event pints of Hopworks beer will be $3.
Brewvana Kickstarter Launch Party
Thursday, September 26th 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Hopworks Urban Brewery 2944 SE Powell Blvd, Portland
(In addition to contributing to the Taplister blog, Kris McDowell is also the Director of Marketing for Brewvana.)
For the second year Widmer Brothers, one of Portland’s original craft breweries, has brewed the official beer of Feast Portland. This year’s beer is Krystal Pear and it will be available both in bottles and on draft in the Portland market only through September 22nd.
The beer is Widmer’s interpretation of a Krystal Weizen, a beer style Widmer has been brewing since its early days, brewed with pears from eastern Oregon. The delicate pear flavors and semi-dry finish are reminiscent of ciders and make it a perfect beer to pair with a wide variety of foods. It was brewed not on Widmer’s main system, but on their tucked-out-of-the-way pilot brewhouse adjacent to the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. The 10-barrel setup has historically created draft-only, small batch beers; this year marks the first time they’ve bottled small batch beer, a move that brewer Ben Dobler says, “…is a great way to get the beer to more people around town.”
Bon Appetit presents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty is a four-day festival running September 19 – 22 and will offer several events featuring Krystal Pear, in addition to a multitude of other events spanning the range from food to beer to wine to spirits. Tasting panels, classes, speakers and meals will highlight the bounty and culinary culture of Oregon.
Brews for New Avenues, “Portland’s rare beer auction for a great cause,” takes place this Saturday at the Green Dragon in Portland, Ore. The fundraising event is perfectly suited for a city in love with beer and offers auctions of rare beer plus local craft beer on draft. Auction items come from Portland and beyond and include a Hair of the Dog 2009 Fred from the Wood magnum, a five-year Westvleteren 12 Vertical and a Funkwerks nine-bottle set among others.
A sold out VIP session will kick off the event from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, exclusive tap beers and a silent auction. The party then cranks up with general admission from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Live music, special keg tappings on the hour, a live auction, raffle and more are sure to please beer enthusiasts while supporting a great cause.
New Avenues for Youth is a Portland non-profit organization that helps homeless and at-risk youth. Going beyond meeting basic needs, New Avenues has an alternative school and provides job training, all with the goal of providing a path of hope and possibilities for the youth they serve. 100% of the proceeds from the event that last year attracted nearly 500 people and raised $17,000 will go to New Avenues to support their programs.
Brews for New Avenues
Saturday, September 7, 2013 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR
General admission tickets: $10 available on line or at the door