Seattle, Washington’s Fremont Brewing has just released its fall seasonal Field to Ferment Fresh Hop Pale Ale as of yesterday at the taproom. Luckily, we are also getting a limited amount of three different single fresh-hop versions in Oregon as well as Washington. The first two releases featuring Centennial hops from Carpenter Ranches followed by Amarillo from Virgil Gamache Farms will be featured at the Portland Fresh Hop Pop-Up Fest’s Washington Night on Thursday, September 21st at 7th & E. Burnside.
Citra will be the final, and 3rd single hop fresh hop but won’t hit until later in the season. Field to Ferment will be sold across Fremont Brewing’s entire distribution network through September and part of October while supply lasts.
More from a press release:
The vision behind Field to Ferment is to showcase the purest possible essence of individual varieties of freshly harvested Northwest hops, celebrate the farmers who grow them, and provide craft beer lovers the rare opportunity to experience and even compare the distinct flavor profiles of fresh, juicy hops. It builds upon the acclaim and limited supply of Fremont’s wildly popular Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale, a small-batch blend of organic hops grown exclusively for Fremont on a single farm at the mouth of the Cowiche Canyon Conservation area in Yakima and released annually in early October.
“With Field to Ferment, we share our passion for the fleeting joy of these once-a-year fresh hop beers which are one of the most unique offerings of Northwest craft beer,” said Matt Lincecum, CEO of Fremont Brewing. “The harvest season is a marvel of ingenuity and hard work as Yakima’s farmers work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the harvest is finished, and we brew around the clock to keep up with them. Fresh hop beer is truly the iconic seasonal release for the Pacific Northwest.”
Field to Ferment is the most extensive rotating fresh hop beer experiment on the West Coast. Production requires extra planning and logistics as load after load of hop cones must be harvested, separated from the bines, stored in specialized bins, and transported over the Cascades in a refrigerated truck to Seattle. Each 80-barrel batch will contain approximately 1,300 pounds of fresh hops (16.5 lbs per barrel) placed into the mashtun within 24 hours of harvest.
“From our Centennial hop fields to the kettles and fermenters! The Carpenter family farm is excited to be a part of the Fremont Brewing fresh experience,” said Brad Carpenter of Carpenter Ranches. “Your taste buds will be tickled!”
About Fremont Brewing
Fremont Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find. Our beer is distributed in kegs, cans, and 22 oz. bottles and can be enjoyed everyday at our kid- and dog-friendly Urban Beer Garden in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Because Beer Matters!