One of the fun things about living in the Pacific Northwest is fresh hop season, the time of year when breweries can brew beers with hops picked fresh from the vine. Last night I was invited to a preview of the Portland Fresh Hop Tastival where about 40 different fresh hop beers are on tap. I couldn’t taste anywhere close to all of them but here are some standouts from the ones I had:
Deschutes Fresh Hop Mirror Pond — A tasty, fresh hop take on Mirror Pond. Mirror Pond is ubiquitous in Portland but this version is worth seeking out.
Double Mountain Killer Green — A good, hoppy IPA with plenty of aromatics.
Logsdon Fresh Hop Sezoen — I couldn’t actually tell that this was fresh hopped, but the banana aroma on this Belgian style ale is huge. A great change of pace amongst all the pales and IPAs.
The festival is today. Details here.