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Crux Fermentation Project Releasing 3 Fresh Hop Beers in Cans

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Not many breweries package their fresh hop beers in anything but kegs, but this year Crux Fermentation Project out of Bend is canning three of them: Dr. Jack, Crystal Zwickle, and Way Two Fresh. These three distinctive beers feature Northwest hops harvested at peak freshness. Many, if not all three, of these beers will be found on tap at Crux’s Fire Pit Patio Tour, with stops in Portland on 9/22, Ridgefield, WA on 9/23, and Olympia on 9/27.


Dr. Jack – Fresh Hop IPA

Named for hop pioneer Dr. Jack Horner – creator of the Cascade hop – this timely IPA features freshly harvested Oregon – grown Cascade hops, added to the kettle the very same day they’re picked in order to maximize all the floral and citrusy goodness this legendary hop has to offer. Inspiring as our brewery’s view of the Cascade Mountains at sunset, this fresh expression of their namesake hop is one we know would make Dr. Jack proud. 6.9% Abv, 50 IBU.



Crystal Zwickle – Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Often celebrated for its aromatic qualities, we’re giving this classic hop the full-flavor treatment it deserves. Starring freshly harvested Oregon-grown Crystal hops – morning-picked and in the kettle that same afternoon, in order to fully exploit their herbal and earthy awesomeness – we’ve crafted a spicy, hop-forward Pale Ale that’s as clear a sample of the Crystal hop’s unique character as you’ll enjoy anywhere. 6% ABV, 30 IBU


Way Two Fresh – Fresh Hop Imperial IPA

To craft this fresh hop tour de force, we’ve simultaneously harvested fresh hops from two valleys in two states on the same morning, combining them into a single kettle that very afternoon…dream big, right? Fully hop-forward with rich tropical qualities, this flavorful blend of fresh Willamette Valley Mosaic and Yakima Valley Simcoe hops is an Imperial IPA that’s double the trouble and downright delicious. 9.9% ABV, 65 IBU.



Fire Pit Patio Tour

Friday, Sept. 22nd 5-10pm @ Landmark Saloon (Portland, OR)

Saturday, Sept. 23rd 4-10pm @ 3Peaks Public House and Taproom (Ridgefield, WA)

Wednesday, Sept. 27th 6-9pm @ Northwest Beerwerks (Olympia, WA)

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]

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