Crux Fermentation Project announces Camp Lager Fest and Fresh Hop Can Releases

a pint from Crux’s beer garden

Lagers are so hot right now, but so are Fresh Hops. Crux Fermentation Project in Bend, Oregon has got both things well covered. On Sunday, September 8th Crux is hosting Camp Lager festival at an all-day event with lagers from 12 of their favorite Pacific Northwest breweries. Meanwhile, Crux is reporting three different fresh hop beers to be released in cans this year, and is hosting their annual hop picking party on September 12th. Details on all the lagery, hoppy goodness below.

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We’re excited to announce our first ever lager festival – Camp Lager. Think adult summer camp, but with beer. Save the date for a day full of fun activities, including axe throwing, live music from Larkspur Stand, and sipping on not just our beer but also a variety of lagers from 12 of our fellow Pacific Northwest breweries:  Sunriver – Three Creeks – Boneyard – Buoy – pFriem – Level – Single Hill – Bend Brewing – Worthy – Georgetown – Immersion – Deschutes Brewery. REI and Danner Boots will also be on site to share their camp knowledge.

Our favorite time of the year is upon us with the first fresh hop beer already in the brite tank soaking up the goodness of those tasty Centennials. Once again, we’ll be releasing three different fresh hop beers (see below) to Oregon and Washington, but this year they’ll be in 16oz cans, as well as kegs.

And fresh hop season wouldn’t be complete without our annual parking lot hop picking party which will be on Thursday, September 12th. The more the merrier so everyone is welcome to come and help us pick those “estate-grown” Cascade hops for Off The Fence, our Fresh Hop NW Pale Ale that you’ll only find on tap at our Tasting Room.

In anticipation of the first Centennials coming off the bine, we got a head start and brewed this IPA so it would be ready to be “wet-hopped” as soon as we got the call from Gayle at Goschie Farms. And this year we added a new twist by throwing fresh Tettnangs into the hopback. It’s pert near the first fresh hop beer you’ll enjoy this season while waiting for us to brew up a few more.
6.9% ABV  50 IBUs (Early September release)

DR. JACK | Fresh Hop IPA
Named for hop pioneer Dr. Jack Horner – creator of the Cascade hop – this trailblazing 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 IBUs (Late September release)

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 IBUs (Early October release)
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