Fresh Hop Beers, Explained: Silver Moon video clip | Bent
The Source Weekly’s reporting is made possible by the power of your support. Be a part of it!
Search
Settings

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fresh Hop Beers, Explained: Silver Moon video clip

You know fresh hop beers are delicious, here's why.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 9:29 PM

What are fresh hop beers and why are they so darn good?

The answer is relatively simple: Beers made with fresh hops (duh). The brewing process is similar, but instead of using dried, or preserved hops, wet/raw/fresh hops are utilized to impart a distinct earthy, fresh, vibrant taste.

Since A) It's hop harvest season, which runs from late Aug.-early Oct. and B) We live in close proximity to the Willamette Valley, the No.2 hop producing area in the country (No.1 is nearby Yakima, Wash.)  the Pacific Northwest is able to enjoy fresh hop beers through Oct.

Why us? Hops are usually dried in a kiln before use. This makes for safe transportation as they can spontaneously combust (seriously. Google, "hop fires"). Drying the hops also stabilizes the flower, or cone, rendering it useable throughout the year. Even a 24-hour express shipment across the country wouldn't do it. Most of the fresh hop beers we enjoy locally were made with hops harvested only HOURS beforehand.

But as 10 Barrel brewmaster Jimmy Seifrit explained, like any beer (and perhaps more so with fresh hop beers), they degrade quickly, so drink up! They're on taps across town, but once they're gone, that's it.

While working on this story for next week's issue, we came across this informative video on Silver Moon's website:

You need to use a flashplayer enabled browser in order to view this video

photo: flickr via kopretinka


Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

More by The Source Staff

  • Bend's Trees

    Bend's Trees

    Past, Present and Future
    • Jul 28, 2021
  • 2021 Redmond Issue

    2021 Redmond Issue

    • Jul 21, 2021
  • Water Issue 2021

    Water Issue 2021

    From droughts to dams to glaciers and canoeing, there's lots to explore with water in Central Oregon
    • Jun 9, 2021
  • More »

Latest in Bent

© 2021 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation