Portland, Ore. – September 24, 2015 – For the crew at BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, early fall is their favorite time of year. It’s only then that they get to drive to the hop fields of the Willamette Valley to collect fresh Oregon aroma hops to make the annual special treat, Hop Harvest fresh hop ale. In under an hour, hops from Sodbuster Farms in Salem, Ore. are picked and added to the brew, ensuring an extremely fresh hopped IPA.
“Getting those fresh green hops into the beer as quickly as possible ensures that fresh hop flavor that we all love this time of year,” commented Jeff Edgerton, Brewmaster of BridgePort Brewing Company. “For 2015, we’ve brewed a classic IPA style beer and infused it with more than 250lbs of fresh Crystal hops per brew; giving the brew a soft citrus aroma and flavor unlike anything you can get from dried hops.”
BridgePort uses a simple process to give this seasonal, limited-release beer the freshest hop flavor. First, the beer is brewed, then at the end of fermentation and immediately after the hops are delivered, the freshly fermented beer is poured straight over the green Crystal hops, capturing that fresh, local flavor. Hop Harvest 2015 will be available on draft and in 22 oz. bottles at BridgePort’s BrewPub and participating retailers.
BridgePort’s Hop Harvest Stats:
IBU’s: 60 ABV: 7.0% Color: 10 SRM (Golden) OG: 16.7
Oregon’s oldest craft brewery continues to evolve from a microbrewery to a regional leader committed to producing high quality craft ales. Lead by Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton, the team of BridgePort brewers prides itself on using hops from an hour away and clear glacial water from Mount Hood. The BridgePort family of ales includes the Conviction Pale Ale, IPA, Hop Czar Imperial IPA, and Kingpin. BridgePort Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visit www.bridgeportbrew.com.