BridgePort Brewing Company decided to try something new this year with its Hop Harvest beer. BridgePort’s brewmaster, Jeff Edgerton, took two trips to Annen Farms in Mt. Angel, Oregon to harvest over 900 pounds of fresh hops to use at the top and the bottom of the brewing cycle.
The BridgePort team was on their way to harvest four hundred pounds of fresh, green Oregon Fuggle hops earlier this summer to get Hop Harvest started. At the end of fermentation, the team returned to collect an additional five hundred pounds of green Tettnang hops to add before cooling. The two step process of adding hops at both ends of brewing embodies the meaning of fresh and local.
The result of two trips south and 900 pounds of hops later is this year’s BridgePort Hop Harvest: a double fresh hopped imperial pilsner that locks in the aromas and flavors of the fresh green hops picked straight from the field.
“We wanted to showcase the delicate fresh hop flavors so we used Pilsner malt and fermented with lager yeast,” said Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. “By finishing off the beer with a very light filtration the fresh hop aroma is better preserved. Be sure to drink this one right off the shelf to truly experience the fresh hop flavor.”
BridgePort’s Hop Harvest Stats:
IBU’s: 60 ABV: 8 % Color: Golden OG: 17
Ingredients: Green (undried) Oregon Fuggle hops and green Tettnang hops with a Great Western Superior Pilsen base malt.
Description: An Imperial Pilsner with a golden color around 60 IBUs with Oregon Nugget Hops and Oregon Fuggle in the hopjack. Green Tettnang hops were added at the end of fermentation before cooling.