BridgePort 2016 Hop Harvest Ale: Red IPA with Amarillo


The 2016 Hop Harvest is in full swing, and fresh hop beers abound! Now you just need to get your hands on some. Don't worry, there are many Fresh Hop Beer Fests planned throughout the state (click here to see my beer festival calendar). If you can't attend a fest, head to the grocery store. Last week, Full Sail announced the release of 8 Pound Pale Fresh Hop Ale. Just today, BridgePort Brewing Co. unveiled their 2016 Hop Harvest Ale. This year, it's a Red IPA with Amarillo hops from Crosby Hop Farm.

Interestingly, one of my very first blog posts was about BridgePort's 2010 Hop Harvest. Time fliesas does the release window for fresh hop beers! Find it soon, drink it soon...


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BRIDGEPORT BREWING RELEASES NEW FRESH HOPPED BEER
 2016 Hop Harvest Red IPA Features Crosby Hop Farm Amarillo® Hops


Portland, Ore. – September 22, 2016 – BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s original craft brewery, released today the newest beer in the lineup, Hop Harvest Red IPA. Taking advantage of the available hop bounty in Oregon, BridgePort Brewing partnered with Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Ore. and chose their Amarillo® hop varietal. Originating from Virgil Gamach Farms in Yakima Valley, Washington, Crosby Hop Farm is the only Oregon farm licensed to grow and sell this unique hop.

On September 1, BridgePort Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton and his team of brewers took a trip out to Crosby Hop Farm and picked up 250 pounds of fresh hops. Immediately, the team returned to the brewery, located in the Pearl District of Portland, and dumped the hops into the fermenter tanks. The fermented beer was then poured over the Amarillo® hops, capturing that fresh hop flavor and aroma.

“We’re lucky to brew so close to where hops are grown as it allows us to start the fresh-hop process almost immediately after they are picked from the bines,” states Jeff Edgerton, Brewmaster of BridgePort Brewing Company. “This year we chose a very distinctive hop, the Amarillo®, which has a unique floral/citrus aroma that has helped create an exceptional fresh hopped IPA. All of us here at BridgePort are thankful to Crosby Hop Farm for growing such a phenomenal hop!” 

BridgePort’s Hop Harvest Red IPA Stats:
IBU’s: 60
ABV: 7.0%
Color: RED
OG: 16.7%

BridgePort Brewing will be pouring Hop Harvest Red IPA at the Hood River Hop Fest in Hood River this Saturday, September 24. Visit http://hoodriver.org/hops-fest/ to purchase tickets and for more information on the event. Hop Harvest Red IPA is now available on-tap and in 22oz. bottles at BridgePort BrewPub (1313 NW Marshall St., Portland, Ore.) and where BridgePort is sold in the Pacific Northwest.

About BridgePort Brewing
Oregon's original craft brewery continues to evolve from a microbrewery to a regional leader committed to producing high quality craft ales. Lead by Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton, the team of BridgePort brewers prides itself on using local hops and clear glacial water from Mount Hood. The BridgePort family of ales includes the STUMPTOWN Series, BridgePort IPA, Hop Czar Imperial IPA, Kingpin, and seasonal offerings. BridgePort Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visit www.bridgeportbrew.com.                

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