Many people look forward to Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers in the fall, but give me a fresh (wet) hopped beer! Fresh hopped beers are made with hops soon after they have been picked. Most hops are dried and pelleted for year around use. Fresh hop beers typically have amazing hop flavor and aroma ranging from pine to citrus to grassy combinations. Readers who have followed this blog know that hoppy beers are my favorites!
Fresh hop beers are usually produced in limited quantities and are best when consumed soon after release (don’t cellar these beers). What beers should South Dakotans look for? Brau Brothers from Lucan, MN have produced a new batch of their Hundred Yard Dash Ale. I was very pleased to taste this beer and find a more pine/citrus combination than last year (see review of the 2010 release). A six pack cost $11.89 at Taylor’s Pantry/Good Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor in Sioux Falls.
Other beers to watch for in this area include Deschutes Fresh Hop Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Deschutes Hop Trip and Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest.
These beers are usually produced in small limited batches, so pick some up while it’s still available! Here is a link to more on fresh hop beers from billybrew.com.