UPDATED: 2012 Fresh Hop Beer Guide

UPDATED Wednesday 10/3

Added two new Fort George Brewing beers, Hopstoria and Fresh Hop OPA


UPDATED Tuesday 10/2:
The Fresh Hop beer list continues to grow with a bunch of new beers hitting the market and including two firsts as far as I know – a Fresh Hop Cider and a Gluten-Free Fresh Hop beer.

On Thursday one of our newest, Humble Brewing releases 2 fresh hop beers at Bridgetown Beerhouse at 6pm.

Short Snout Brewing, another new nano brewer is releasing their first fresh hop beer.

Pints Brewing in Old Town Portland has 2 fresh hop beers, another first for the new brewery including a Double IPA and the rare Fresh Hopped Saison.

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Portland’s 2nd cidery is producing a fresh hopped version of their Hopricot, it’s around town on draft and bottle now in limited quantities.

Our only Gluten-Free brewery – Harvester is releasing their Fresh Hop version of their IPA on Friday at the brewery for dock sales and tasting and shortly after at key Portland accounts. Not only is this probably the first fresh hopped gluten-free beer it’s also one of the very few bottled fresh hop beers this year.

Fresh Hop beer has officially hit the big time, with everyone and their mother making the style, which even recently received official recognition from the Brewers Association. Though so-called “wet” hopped beers have been around for at least 20 years, it feels like they are really just now is exploding. While it seems everyone in Oregon is making one, the beers are still elusive and can be hard to track down. This leaves many of us scouring the twitterverse for updates on the latest green and grassy brew. Luckily our friend and new contributor, “Ze Fresh Hop Führer”isnothing if not a man of the people. He has compiled the largest database of fresh hop beers ever, all available in the state of Oregon.

The list will be occasionally updated and if you wish to share a new fresh hop beer or where you have found one on tap, please post it in the comments.

The Fresh Hop Führer says “Like my favorite Pokemon, you “Gotta catch ’em all!” so wise to consult The New School’s handy Fresh Hop Beer Guide!” (Click the table to enlarge)

Follow the Fresh Hop Führer on twitter or facebook for live fresh hop updates!



  • Anonymous
    Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:06 PM

    How many beers did you have prior and during the typing of this article? I would have stated “writing” but that would be giving you way too much credit.
    And that database is great, now if I can just find my magnifying glass…….

    • Tim Ensign
      Tim Ensign
      Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:13 PM

      Here is two more for Fort George! We did 4 this year….

      Fresh Hop Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale (OPA)
      This is the same great Oatmeal Pale Ale that has been making mornings easier to bear, but now is fresher and danker than ever. For this batch, Fort George brewers used whole fresh hops shipped directly from Hop Union in Yakima WA, and threw them into the kettle that very same day. They had used so many hops during the four previous fresh hop beer-brews this season, that all of the remaining hop sacks remained happily torn. So they did this one the dirty way, and pitched the entire batch of whole hops right into the kettle. Amarillo, Citra, and Centennial hops were used to make this hoppy pale. Dirty=Delicious.

      When people think of Astoria, two words come to mind. Fresh and enigmatic. This beer is Astoria. The aroma has been modeled after the smell of the late summer rain that has crept its way into Astoria this time of year. Hopstoria has a golden hue that complements the crisp, subtle taste of the woods. With mild notes of pine, roast, and a hint of spruce, Hopstoria is our liquid adaptation of why people love Astoria and why they feel compelled to come back. 4.4 % ABV


      • Jeff Alworth
        Jeff Alworth
        Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:23 PM

        Any chance we could get this in a pdf or excel?

        Incidentally, My annual post of hop varieties is slated to go up this week, too. I have to add Tardif de Bourgogne, though!

        • Anonymous
          Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:22 PM

          Any chance you can post as a downloadable spreadsheet? I can’t read this as posted

          • Samurai Artist
            Samurai Artist
            Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:48 PM

            Thanks for the tips. I have had quite a bit of trouble trying to get this into a blog post and havent been able to get the excel to fit in.

            I did just add an html of the Google Docs Spreadsheet you can scroll through separately at full size. You can also click the images to enlarge or simply drag and drop to download and enlarge.

            • Anonymous
              Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:43 PM

              can you give us a direct link to it in google docs?

              • Bill Night
                Bill Night
                Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:54 PM

                Here’s the link to the Google Docs Fresh Hop Spreadsheet.

                Nice job, Ezra. I’m still pondering the implications of the Fresh Hop Fuhrer thing….

                • Tracy Thomas
                  Tracy Thomas
                  Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:22 PM

                  Breakside also has Fresh Hop Simcoe IPA
                  When I was at Deschutes PDX Pub, they said they plan to release 17 fresh hop beers this season. But so far, I’ve just seen the 4 you list here in Portland.

                  • Anonymous
                    Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:28 AM

                    What about Lucky Lab? Isn’t the Mutt a Fresh Hop beer?

                    • Jon
                      Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:03 AM

                      Also for Deschutes at the Bend Pub:
                      Fresh Hop Stock Ale
                      Fresh Hop NW Brown

                      • ShortSnoutBrewing
                        Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:39 AM

                        Short Snout Brewing’s Dank Nugs. American Amber with all wet/fresh hops from beginning to end (including mash hops). Nugget hops are the main hop used along with Cascade, Willamette, a smidge of Crystal and a mystery hop. Should be available in about 10 days.

                        • Samurai Artist
                          Samurai Artist
                          Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:09 PM

                          Hey thanks for all the tips and information guys. I am hoping to update the list by tomorrow. Keep the tips coming!

                          • Hoppy
                            Tue Oct 2, 2012 7:32 PM

                            Great list! Also Crux Fermentation, in Bend – They have a super tasty fresh hopped Pale › crystal zwickel (spelling?) :^) Cheers!

                            • Jack
                              Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:43 PM

                              Don’t forget to give Houston some love: Saint Arnold released its Fresh Hop Elissa (https://twitter.com/SaintArnold/statuses/251059089856155648) and Karbach Brewing released its Fresh Nugs (https://twitter.com/karbachbrewing/statuses/251384998995828736)