YAKIMA VALLEY HOP COLLABORATION + SAVE SUMMER + NEW GEAR
Over Labor Day, our head brewer traveled to the epicenter of all things hops. Learn what he took away (literally) from the experience, along with what's happening during our Scout Series Yakaya Wet Hop Golden Ale collaboration. We've also got updates on our 2nd Annual Save Summer Bike & Brew Fest this weekend, and new gear being released.
Hop production facilities at Loza Farms typically only run for 8 weeks, between mid-August and mid-September. Mmm, fresh Cascade hops.
DID YOU KNOW?
"Washington state’s Yakima Valley is home to one of the most fertile and productive hop growing regions in the world. The hot and cool desert climate, combined with the abundant irrigation provided by the Yakima River, creates an ideal environment for producing this key beer ingredient. The Yakima Valley contains approximately 75 percent of the total United States hop acreage, with an average farm size of 450 acres (182 hectares) accounting for over 77 percent of the total United States hop crop."
We traveled to Yakima to do just that - better understand the culture and infrastructure of such an important component of the brewing process - you don't have beer if you don't have hops. Heading up stream to see how hops are manufactured taught us a lot about what goes into not only beer and recipe construction, but how those ingredients come about. On September 23rd, in collaboration with Yakima Valley Hops, Loza Farms, and CHS Farms, we'll be releasing our latest Scout Series - Yakaya Wet Hop Golden Ale. Made with freshly harvested Cascade and Chinook hops - this is the freshest hoppy beer you're likely to try. Please join us at Save Summer Bike & Brew Fest for its release.
SAVE SUMMER BIKE & BREW FEST UPDATE
If you haven't yet heard, the biggest party we've planned to date is happening this Saturday from 12-9PM. Bringing you our first wet hop beer release - alongside live music by Big Bass Ramblers and Yma & The Big Thick, and Fall foods being paired with our beer by Green Scene Organic Market. Further, we're releasing a shirt design just for the event (see below) - get it for a discounted rate of $15, at this event only. Learn more.
NEW GEAR, RELEASED
To the left, our limited edition Save Summer T-Shirt - designed by Rebecca Cahill (learn more about her work at www.rebeccacahill.com). On the right, our fall hat release - made with waxed cotton to keep your head warm and fairly dry while out in the elements.
Portage Brewing Team