Hop Harvest at Goschie FarmsSep 06, 2017 Comments (0)
Late summer in the Pacific Northwest can only mean one thing to beer lovers: fresh hops.
Each year, hop farms throughout the region begin the annual hop harvest, plucking whole-coned hops straight from the hop bine. For those of us located close to some of the best hop farms in the nation, it gives us the opportunity to capture the freshest hops of the year. We are able to transport hops from bine to brewery almost as quickly as you can say "gimme that fresh-hopped beer!".
This year our crew joined our founding brewer, Jamie Floyd, on the ultimate of hop runs. Arriving at Goschie Farms in Silverton, Oregon, we were immediately greeted by farm owner, Gayle Goschie. Our plan? Bundle and load up 2,000 pounds of fresh Centennial hops, then dash back to the brewery to get them in the brew kettle ASAP.
For more than 130 years, Goschie Farms has grown crops in Silverton with 550 acres dedicated solely to the hops. A leader in its industry for sustainable practices, Goschie Farms was the first hop farm in the nation to be certified Salmon-Safe.
“I’ve known Gayle for over a decade and her farm is a testament to her multi-generational, family dedication to farming hops. Gayle’s commitment to food safety and sustainability is inspiring," says Jamie.
As soon as the hops arrived at the brewery, 400 pounds were tossed into the brew kettle for the first batch of this year's fresh-hopped pale ale, Green Haze. Our team of brewers worked tirelessly through the night, brewing 36 straight-hours to produce five batches of Green Haze.
“Once we started brewing, our brewery became a hop dream,” says Jamie. “The fresh Centennial hops immediately filled the brewhouse with lemon and floral hop aromas; an enticing hop profile to capture in this pale ale.”
Look for Green Haze on-tap this month!
Green Haze is an ode to Oregon and everything green. Cultivated by Goschie Farms, a mere 70 miles from the brewery, 400 pounds of fresh Centennial hops are transported from farm to brew kettle in just over an hour. Full of citrus and floral hop notes, Green Haze captures the freshest hops of the year.
- Style: Fresh-Hopped Pale Ale
- Series: Rare & Delicious Series
- Available: September 2017
- ABV: 5.3%
- IBU: 40
- Malt: Pilsner, Crystal 15, Carahell, Flaked Barley
- Hops: Fresh-picked Centennial
- Packaging: Draft
To track down Green Haze on-tap, use Ninkasi’s Delicious Beer Finder.