Full Sail Hop Harvest Tour '14

Earlier this week, I attended a tour of Sodbuster Farms sponsored by Full Sail Brewing. This is an exciting time of year in the Northwest beer community, because it's hop harvest season!

If you ever have the opportunity to visit a hop farm during harvest, I highly recommend it. The process used to pick, sort, dry, and package the hops is an amazing combination of hands-on labor and mechanized automation. This was my third hop harvest tour. Although the process doesn't change, it's always fascinating to see.

Throughout the day, I shared updates on Twitter. I think my tweets did a decent job of providing a sense of what I experienced, so I've included them here, in order, on a single page.

Another highlight of the day was sampling Full Sail's beers. Cascade Pilsner, originally released last year to celebrate the brewery's 26th anniversary, has now been released as a year-round beer. It's light, crisp, and packs plenty of citrus hop flavor. Best yet, it's available for the first time in six-packs. I hope to post a review shortly.

Thanks to Full Sail Brewing and Sodbuster Farms for a great day!  If you'd like to see a video of the hop harvest process, check out this three minute clip I made a few years ago.

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