Fresh Hop 2013
Two Beers Brewing in Seattle
Folks in Seattle whose idea of beers in the city's SoDo neighborhood is a Pyramid or Elysian before a Seahawks or Sounders game needs to update the itinerary a bit. Just down the road from CenturyLink and Safeco fields are upstart breweries such as Schooner Exact and Two Beers, the latter of which continues to expand and improve its production, brewing facilities, tasting room and distribution.
Since 2009, Two Beers has released its fresh hop ale at the end of August after a road trip to Puterbaugh Farms in the Yakima Valley to harvest Centennial Hops. Those particular hops give its brew hints of grapefruit and passion fruit, while caramel malt gives it a lovely straw color that belies just how hop-heavy Two Beers' fresh hop beer is. Packing 6.2% ABV and a strong backbone of Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and Experimental hops, Two Beers' fresh hop offering is punchy and bitter. With each passing year, it's becoming a more alluring reason for Seattle visitors to head South of Downtown.