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Event Preview | 11th Annual Fresh Hop Festival

Fresh Hop Fest
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Each August/September, beer drinkers around the world begin making the sensory migration from Kolschs, Pilsners, Light Lagers, Kettle Sours and in more recent years, fruited IPAs, to a different kind of seasonal offering. No we’re not talking about pumpkin beers just yet, sure there’s a time and place for those, but pause for a second because you might miss the best seasonal of all, which no coincidentally aligns with hop harvest season. That’s right, the ushering in of autumns brisk cool air signals the arrival of Fresh Hop season.

What exactly makes a beer fresh hopped? Well, it kinda like open receiving an organ transplant in a sense. Fresh hopped beers only earn that designation if the hops are picked off the vine, then used in the brew within 24 hours of harvest. Speed and preservation conditions are of the utmost importance.

handful of fresh hops
Photo by Will Dozier

Nowadays, breweries often have the luxury of utilizing local hop farms that have begun dotting countrysides across the U.S., however many old school brewers used to actually make the long sojourn from the Pacific Northwest back to their breweries here in the Rockies within that 24 hour window, a reverse Oregon trail with less typhoid fever and more police detectors (some still do).

This dedication to employing the freshest ingredients, has rightfully earned it’s own festival. This year, The Colorado Brewers Guild, Two Parts, Falling Rock Tap House and Molly’s Spirits have teamed up to celebrate the 11th Annual Fresh Hop Festival, a showcase of all fresh hopped beers.

Photo by Will Dozier
Photo by Will Dozier

This year’s event, taking place Saturday, October 1 from 1-4pm, moves to the future home of Liberati Brewing in the Golden Bell Press building at 2403 Champa St.in Denver, CO. Tickets are currently on sale so grab them and enjoy a smattering of unique fresh hopped beers from Colorado’s finest breweries.

 

The Participating Breweries!

  • 14er Brewing
  • Alpine Dog Brewing Co
  • Barrels & Bottles Brewery
  • Black Sky Brewery
  • Boulder Beer Company
  • CAUTION: Brewing Company
  • Chain Reaction Brewing Company
  • Comrade Brewing
  • Crazy Mountain Brewery
  • Dad & Dude’s Breweria
  • Denver Beer Company
  • Dillon Dam
  • Elevation Beer Company
  • Epic Brewing Company
  • FATE Brewing Company
  • FERMÆNTRA
  • Fiction Beer Company
  • Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
  • Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
  • Joyride Brewing Company
  • Liquid Mechanics
  • Little Machine
  • Nighthawk Brewery
  • Odell Brewing Company
  • Paradox Beer Co.
  • Sanitas Brewing Company
  • Spangalang Brewery
  • Strange Craft Beer Co
  • The Brew on Broadway (The BoB)
  • Three Barrel Brewing Co.
  • Tommyknocker Brewery
  • Upslope Brewing Company
  • Wynkoop Brewing Company

Purchase your tickets for the 2016 Fresh Hop Festival.

picking hops


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