Food & Drink

Where to Find Fresh Hop Beers in Portland: 2021 Edition

Breakside, Ecliptic, and More
September 14, 2021
Try a variety of fresh hop brews from Baerlic Brewing Co. before they're gone. (Baerlic Brewing Co.)

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. Since these creations are only here for an extremely limited time, we've rounded up a list of brews to try so you can make the most of the all-too-fleeting season. For more inspiration, check out our guide to celebrating Oktoberfest in Portland and our food and drink guide.

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

Baerlic Brewing Co.
The "stubbornly independent" brewery Baerlic has teamed up with New Seasons Market to create "Stay Fresh," a California-style fresh hop IPA brewed with Oregon-grown Amarillo and Mosaic pellet hops and fresh Simcoe hops from Coleman Farms. They've also got a few other "freshies" available for preorder, including Punk Rock Time Fresh Hop IPA (a version of their Punk Rock Time IPA with fresh Chinook hops), Pioneer Fresh Hop ESB (an award-winning British-style pale ale, cold-conditioned on fresh Mount Hood hops), and Fresh Hop, Man Double IPA (a version of their Hop Man IPA brewed with Strata and Chinook hops and cold-conditioned on fresh Oregon-grown Citra hops).
Hosford-Abernethy, Rose City Park
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Binary Brewing
This digitally-minded brewery recently launched Fresh Install, an unfiltered fresh hop IPA made with Warrior and Strata hops for a "dank, herbal, cannabis-like aroma carrying touches of tropical fruit and strawberries." It's the brewery’s debut fresh hop beer and currently on draft only.

Belmont Station
The popular taproom and bottle shop will host a Fresh Hop Fest with offerings from Double Mountain Brewery and Cidery and friends, including Ecliptic Brewing, Little Beast Brewing, Baerlic Brewing, Everybody's Brewing, and Fort George Brewery

Breakside Brewery
The award-winning brewery has released multiple fresh hop brews, including their Fresh Hop IPA 2021, Fresh Hop Stay West, and Fresh Hop Wanderlust. Inspired by everyone's favorite liquid nitrogen ice cream snack Dippin' Dots, they've also created a fresh hop IPA dubbed "Dippin' Hops" in collaboration with 5 Rights Brewing.
Nob Hill, Woodlawn, Milwaukie
Pickup, in-person

Deschutes Brewery
Deschutes' family of fresh-hop offerings includes Fresh Hop IPA, Fresh Squeezed IPA, Royal Fresh Imperial IPA, Chasin' Freshies Fresh Hop IPA, Fresh Funk Wild IPA, and Fresh Squeezed Old Fashioned.
Pickup, delivery, in-person

Double Mountain Brewery
For their 2021 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 IPA ("wonderful ripe apple, juicy forest, and fruited pine flavors and aromas"), and Killer Juicy ("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, Hood River
Pickup, delivery, in-person

Ecliptic Brewing
John Harris's craft brewing project has dropped its annual Astro Fresh Hop Lager, now available on draft. This year's batch is brewed with fresh Tettnang and Hallertau Mittelfruh hops from Goschie Farms. Their annual Altair Fresh Hop Pale Ale is set to be released next.
Pickup, in-person

Ex Novo Brewing
Ex Novo's final fresh hop release of 2021 is a version of their popular Mass Ascension IPA, brewed with fresh Citra hops from Sodbuster Farms.
Eliot, Beaverton
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Gigantic Brewing Company
Like Ex Novo, Gigantic Brewing also used fresh hops from Sodbuster Farms to brew their new release Sodbusted Simcoe IX: The Rise of Simcoe, made with (of course) Simcoe hops. It's currently available on tap and in refillable bottles.
Pickup, in-person

Little Beast Brewing
This brewery specializing in rare beers currently offers two fresh hop brews in cans and on draft: Green Keeper, a fresh-hopped American pale ale made with pale and Munich malts and fresh Centennial hops, and Little Green Men, a fresh hop hazy IPA made with Skagit Wintmalt and freshly picked Azacca hops from Goschie Farms.
Pickup, in-person

Loyal Legion
The popular beer hall has a whole section of its menu devoted to fresh hop beers, with offerings from Level, Zoiglhaus, Occidental, Breakside, Ex Novo, StormBreaker, and more. Both 12 oz pours and $3 tasters are available, so you can sample a wide array.
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Since the pandemic spoiled its plans to have an actual birthday party, the Kenton taproom and bottle shop Mayfly has decided to throw an impromptu "Fresh Hops and Hip-Hop" celebration this weekend for its two-and-a-half-year anniversary, featuring the winning combination of fresh hop beer, dogs, yoga, and music. The festivities last from Friday through Sunday.
Pickup, delivery, in-person

New Seasons Market
The local grocer is celebrating the harvest with a lineup of limited-edition fresh hop beers, including three special collaboration brews: Stay Fresh Fresh Hop IPA with Baerlic Brewing Co., Lupulo Fresca Fresh Hop Lager with Pono Brewing Co., and Wet Hop Tropic Haze IPA with Silver City Brewing. Not only that, but they're also releasing a new bratwurst made with pork, a blend of New Seasons spices and Migration Brewing's Fresh Outta Portland Fresh Hop IPA.
Various locations
Pickup, delivery

Occidental Brewing Co.
Occidental's fresh hop pilsner is brewed with a truckload of fresh Oregon-grown Willamette hops from Goschie Farms.
Cathedral Park
Pickup, in-person

Old Town Brewing Co.
Old Town's new fresh hop Northwest pale ale, available in four-packs, is aptly named "From Cone to Cup."
Pickup, delivery, in-person

Prost! Marketplace
Prost's annual fresh hop extravaganza returns for its sixth year with 10 food trucks, 10 rotating taps, and special tappings almost every day highlighting local breweries and regions. Each day will feature different rare and seasonal beers.
Pickup, dine-in

Sasquatch Brewing
Sasquatch has two fresh hop beers: Fresh Hop Mouth Pillow, which is made with fresh Strata hops and described as "fresh, hoppy, mouthy, and pillowy," and Don't Be Scared, a West Coast IPA with fresh Amarillo hops.
Pickup, delivery, in-person

Shine Distillery & Grill
If your predilections lean more towards spirits than beers, but you still want to get in on the fresh hop action, try Shine Distillery's Fresh Hop Centennial Gin. It's served in their "Mad Hops" cocktail with rosemary simple syrup and lime juice.
Pickup, delivery, in-person

StormBreaker Brewing
StormBreaker's duo of fresh hop beers includes Fresh Hop It Don't Drop It, a hazy fresh IPA with Simcoe hops, and What We Brew in the Shadows, a New Zealand-style fresh Pilsner with Sterling hops. 
Mississippi, St. Johns
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Trap Door Brewing
Trap Door has debuted a fresh hop version of their flagship hazy IPA Glowed Up on draft. Limited quantities of cans are also available.
Pickup, delivery, in-person

Varietal Beer Co.
The Sunnyside, WA microbrewery has released Fresh Twine, a version of their flagship juicy West-Coast style IPA Twine Climber infused with fresh Citra and Comet hops from local Newhouse Farms, available on tap for a "very limited time." They've also got a lineup of several other fresh hop and wet hop brews in the works, which makes sense given they're located in the heart of hop country, so stay tuned for more releases in the near future.
Sunnyside, WA
Pickup, delivery

Zoiglhaus Brewing Company
This brewpub inspired by German tradition is now featuring a fresh hop Kölsch, which is brewed with all-German ingredients and fresh Tettnanger hops and fermented with a Kölsch yeast strain that owner Alan Taylor brought back from Germany. It's available in 16 oz cans, four-packs, and pints on draft exclusively at the brewery.
Pickup, delivery, in-person