Hop porn

Sierra Nevada’s Chico Estate Harvest Ale is out now. This is a fresh hop beer made with hops that Sierra Nevada grew themselves on their land in Chico. Here’s what they have to say about it:

We wanted to see if we could grow hops at our brewery in Chico, California so we planted our own hop field selecting our prized Cascade and Centennial varieties along with some specialty hop varieties to experiment with. To our surprise, we not only could grow hops, we were also able to harvest them in late summer due to Chico’s ideal climate.

Chico Estate Harvest Ale is one of the very few estate harvest ales produced anywhere in the world today. All the hops in the beer are grown naturally on the premises of our brewery in Chico. We pick the hops ourselves and then take them directly to the brew kettle, without being dried, just after picking so they retain nearly all of their natural oils and resins. It is made with Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops. Until now, this beer has only been available in draft. Starting this year, we will be bottling it on a very limited basis, with plans to expand its availability as we expand our Chico hop field in the coming years.

Sierra Nevada has a video on their Web site that is like porn for hop lovers. I’m not smart enough to figure out how to direct-link to it, so I have to send you to the Chico Estate site.

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3 responses to “Hop porn

  1. Kevin Shields

    I’ve never had this…Do you like the Chico Estate Harvest Ale?

  2. beerandburritos

    I’ve only had it once, a couple nights ago, and to be honest I was a little disappointed. It was good and all, but not as good as some of this year’s other wet hop beers, like Pizza Port’s High Tide, which is excellent.

  3. beerandburritos

    OK, I’m changing my answer. I had the Chico Estate again tonight, at the San Diego Brewing Co. this time, and it was excellent.

    O’Brien’s will have it on cask during their wet hop fest next weekend. I look forward to trying that.

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