Fresh Hop Beers to Try in Portland Before They're Gone: Fall 2020 Edition

by Mercury EverOut Staff
September 22, 2020
Double Mountain Brewery's new "Killer" fresh hop series is made with over eight pounds of fresh Willamette Valley hops per barrel. (Double Mountain Brewery)

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 and Willamette Valley, 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 beers to try, including Double Mountain Brewery's new "Killer" series and Little Beast's Green Keeper, so you can make the most of the all-too-fleeting season. 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.

Note: Availability may vary due to the ephemeral nature of fresh hops; we'd recommend calling ahead or checking online before visiting.

Binary Brewing
The digitally minded brewery launched Farm 'n Kettle, a fresh hop pale, available on tap at Uptown Beer Co. and various tap houses.
Southwest
In-person

Breakside Brewery
The award-winning brewery has released What Fresh Beast, a fresh hop version of their popular hazy IPA What Rough Beast, brewed with wet Mosaic hops. They call it one of their "most intense hoppy beers ever," with "huge tropical and dank notes."
Northeast, Northwest, and Milwaukie
Pickup or in-person

Brothers Cascade Brewing
The IPA-loving Vancouver brewery sourced fresh El Dorado and Sabro hops from Yakima Valley's Hollingbery and Son Hops and came up with the Fresh Air! Fresh Hop IPA, available as a pint or a crowler to-go.
Vancouver
Pickup or in-person

Deschutes Brewery
The newest addition to Deschutes' family of fresh-hop offerings is the regal Royal Fresh IIPA, available both on draft and in six-packs.
Northwest
Pickup or in-person

Double Mountain Brewery
For their new 2020 Killer series, the brewery has dropped their Killer Green Fresh Hop IPA ("visions of bright evergreen, blood orange, currant, and lush pine"), Killer Red Fresh Hop IRA ("wonderful ripe apple, juicy forest, and fruited pine flavors and aromas"), and Killer Juicy Fresh Hazy ("dense tropical rainforest dripping with the sticky, delicious mango, ripe summer peach, light cannabis, and deep orange"). All are made with over eight pounds of fresh Willamette Valley hops in each barrel and are available in 500 ml bottles or on draft.
Woodstock and Hood River
Pickup, in-person, or delivery

Ecliptic Brewing
John Harris's craft brewing project has dropped their annual Altair Fresh Hop Pale Ale in cans. This year's batch is brewed with El Dorado and Strata hops and has "fresh aromas of tropical fruit balanced with citrus and berry flavors."
North
Pickup or in-person

Great Notion Brewing
On Friday, September 11, the acclaimed brewery released Fresh Hop Ripe, a hazy IPA brewed with 100% fresh Citra hops from Coleman Farms. A limited batch of Fresh Hop Super Ripe (a hazy DIPA with Citra hops) is available on tap at both of the brewery's Oregon locations while supplies last.
Concordia and Beaverton
Pickup or in-person

Level Beer
Level Beer has released their new Fresh-Hopped NW IPA, made with plenty of fresh Willamette Valley hops, in cans. It's located in close proximity to several food trucks and has copious outdoor seating, so you can grab a meal to go with your drink.
Northeast
Pickup

Little Beast Brewing
This brewery specializing in rare beers has released Green Keeper, a fresh-hopped American Pale Ale and a take on the "quintessential American Craft Beer" made with Pale and Munich malts and fresh Centennial hops.
Richmond
Pickup or in-person

Mayfly Taproom and Bottle Shop
This Kenton taproom currently has several fresh hop beers on its tap list, including Head Stash Fresh Hop, Little Beast Green Keeper, Fortside Fresh Prince of Pale Ale, Riverbend Millennials Hate Centennials Fresh Hop, Double Mountain Killer Green IPA and Killer Red IPA, and West Coast Willamettes with Love Fresh Hop Saison. If you needed any more reason to visit, they're also donating 10% of all sales and 20% of all fresh hop sales to wildfire relief.
Kenton
In-person or delivery

Occidental Brewing Co.
Occidental's fresh hop pilsner, dry-hopped with fresh Oregon-grown Sterling hops from Goschie Farms, is available in four-packs for pickup or delivery.
North
Pickup or delivery

Old Town Brewing
Old Town will reprise their popular Hopicana Fresh Hop Hazy IPA on September 24.
North
Curbside pickup

Sasquatch Brewery
According to Sasquatch, their Fresh Hop Mouth Pillow Hazy IPA tastes as if "Strata hops came from space and landed directly in the can." It's available both in cans and on draft.
Northwest and Southwest
Pickup or in-person

StormBreaker Brewing
StormBreaker Brewing is brewing up, well, a storm with at least six fresh hop beers in the works and will donate 10% of fresh hop beer sales to support "our farmer friends in need."
North
Curbside pickup or delivery

Trap Door Brewing
Trap Door's annual community collaboration beer Co-Hop Fresh IPA is made with fresh hops from backyards in the community and fresh Strata hops from Goschie Farms.
Vancouver
Pickup or delivery

Varietal Beer Co.
The Sunnyside, WA microbrewery has released WETWOLF: IDAHO7, a small batch of infused double IPA with unkilned hops from Carpenter Hops, available exclusively at their taproom. They've also got a lineup of several other fresh hop brews, which makes sense given they're located in the heart of hop country.
Sunnyside
Pickup or delivery

Von Ebert Brewing
Two For Mischief, Von Ebert's fresh hop IPA follow-up to their One for Mayhem IPA, is now available on tap.
East, West
Pickup or delivery