All of a sudden, brewers rouse themselves from a long summer's drowse, awakened by the smell of fresh hops. What began as a small experiment in the fields near Bert Grant's brewery in Yakima has spread into one of the most exuberent displays of seasonality on the annual calendar. I have yet to participate in these festivities, but that shouldn't stop you.
An evolving list:
Walking Man Brewery (240 SW 1st, Stevenson, WA)
7th Annual Hoptoberfest Sat, Sept. 15th, Noon-10pm
A celebration to benefit local youth group; live music, games, fun.
Deshutes Brewery (901 SW Simpson, Bend)
Harvest Moon Ale Tasting - Tues, Sept 25, 6 - 8pm
Hop Trip and a pre-season release of Jubel (which will be green)
BridgePort Brewery (1313 NW Hoyt, Portland)
Hop Harvest Ale Release - Wed, Sept. 26th, 7 - 9pm
Fresh Centennial hops in an imperial ale
Full Sail Brewery (506 Columbia Street, Hood River)
20th Anniversary Brewers Dinner - Thurs, Sept. 27th, 4 - 8pm
Four-course meal featuring Anniversary Doppel X, $20, no reservations
Okay, that last one isn't related to hops, but it's timely. I will personally pull a beer from my larder for anyone who goes to three of four of these events and writes a guest post on what they encountered. Not my Fred #1 or first-edition BridgePort Old Knucklehead (wee bottle), but perhaps a 1997 Bobbydazzler or the like. Delivery on receipt of the post.
No, go forth and drink, my pretties!