by Stranger EverOut Staff
The world may be on fire, but at least we can take consolation in the fact that it’s the most wonderful time of the year for beer lovers: fresh hop season! Fresh hop beers are made from hops processed no more than 24 hours after being harvested, resulting in brews with a milder, more botanical profile and less bitterness. And Pacific Northwest craft beer drinkers are particularly blessed: Because of the bounty and proximity of the hops in Yakima Valley (which supplies 75% of the nation’s hop crop), it’s hard to beat the range of fresh hop beers available in our region. These beers are only here for an extremely limited time, so we’ve rounded up a list of places where they’re available so you can make the most of the all-too-fleeting season, including Fremont Brewing, which produces more fresh hop beer than anywhere else, and The Growler Guys, who are hosting their fresh hop extravaganza “freshtival.” For more food and drink inspiration, check out our full food and drink calendar, our full in-person dining directory, and our takeout & delivery directory.
7 Seas Brewing
7 Seas’ Yakima Valley Fresh Hop IPA is made with Centennial and Simcoe hops picked at Yakima’s Loza Farms the day it was brewed and includes “a perfect blend of hop character that is both bold and nuanced.”
Gig Harbor, Tacoma