The call came in. Fresh hops were ready. Without delay, the Fort George truck was dispatched to Yakima where it was loaded with over a ton of dank, wet Mosaics. As you can imagine, the aroma on the drive home was amazing.
In just 48 hours from harvest, the brewers at Fort George had packed the tanks with wet hopped beers. Fresh-hopped versions of The Optimist and Suicide Squeeze IPA were bubbling away in the Sweet Virginia pub system. And in the Lovell Brewery, enough Fresh IPA to provide the Pacific Northwest their wet hop fix. Well, at least until this limited batch runs out.
“It’s definitely a lot of work in a very short period of time, brewing a fresh hop beer on this scale,” explains Fort George lead production brewer Mike Frankowicz. “But all of us are excited about how it turned out, and really looking forward to enjoying a few.”
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