Release of Prunette 2019, our sour plum saison, and creation of Hop Hoy! Citra with fresh Yakima hops. Fresh Hop Barrel Demo 4:30-5:30pm
Thursday September 12 marks two special occasions for us-- the release of our special barrel-aged Prunette plum saison and the beginning of our Hop Hoy! Citra using this year's freshest Citra hops!
Help us celebrate the 2019 fresh hop harvest season with us as we return that afternoon from a voyage to the Yakima Valley with a cargo hold full of fresh Citra hop flowers. For 2019, instead of hot-brewing a traditional fresh hop beer we're concentrating on our unique process of creating a barrel-hopped fresh hop ale. We'll load extremely fresh hop cones into a set of oak barrels and cold-steep the fresh hop flowers, leaving them to impart flavor and aroma during their long journey toward becoming…Hop Hoy! Citra. We’ll tap some of the last kegs of 2018's Hop Hoy! series to celebrate!
Fresh Hop Barrel Demo 4:30-5:30pm: There will be an introduction and brief discussion on the role of hops in brewing, a discussion on hopping techniques, a live demonstration of cooperage and working with oak barrels of various sizes, and a light-hearted Ceremony of Conveyance as we load the freshly plucked hop cones into the barrels.
Late summer is also the harvest season for delicious local plums, so as an added bonus on this day we will also release our 2018 Prunette barrel aged plum saison on draft -- this is our delicious sour saison base aged 1-year with whole fresh locally grown plums ("Italian Prunes") to extract sweet, tart, oaky, and sour notes from the long re-fermentation and aging in oak.