Saturday, June 30, 2012

"Burnette's Fresh Hop Beer Is Coming to Pisgah Brewing

Cascade hops
Not all of our hops were harvested last Monday, June 25, but enough were added along with my friend Josh of OB Joyful Farm Hops, who also added the last of his Chinook's to the boil. 

To form a "fresh hopped beer", or "wet hopped beer" the hops have to be harvested and added to the boil within 12 hours for optimum flavor. This is Pisgah Brewing's 3rd year of producing this beer, called "Burnettes Fresh Hop Beer", from my hops and, in the past two years a couple of other Western North Carolina hop growers have added to it.

Last year Blue Ridge Hops added their organic hops to the brew and it was a smashing success as Pisgah where they increased the addition of 5 more pounds of fresh hops.  This year, OB Joyful added their flavor of Chinooks to the boil. 
Nugget hops
 I sampled this beer yesterday from the fermentation tank and let me tell you---IT IS GOOD!  Hats off to their head brewer Ryan.  Next week or so it will be released.  Be there in line, it will not last more than two weeks!  No where else in the Asheville area will you be able to taste a "wet hopped" beer, except at Highlands Brewery where they are experimenting with their first batch of this one of a kind process.

Our annual Hop Harvest tour is tentatively scheduled for July 21 at 1pm.  Here you will be able to sample the beer from Pisgah and learn about growing hops.  Later, I will direct you to Pisgah Brewing Company to sample more of their products.

We are putting in another batch of fresh hops in about two weeks.  I will be adding Blue Ridge Hops and hops from the NCSU Experimental Research Station in Arden to Pisgah to put in their next batch of "Burnettes Fresh Hop Beer".

Be sure to keep up with all of the upcoming local hops additions to our vibrant Western North Carolina beer industry!

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