(Portland, OR) – BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery has cooked up a new take on its traditional Hop Harvest fall brew, blending fresh northwest hops with a smooth Pilsner malt to make a German style Imperial pilsner.
While this is the fifth generation of BridgePort’s “Hop Harvest”, it is the first time that the brewery has done a primary yeast fermentation with lager yeast.
BridgePort Brewmaster, Jeff Edgerton, used 800 pounds of fragrant green Oregon Tettnang hops (for 180 bbls) in BridgePort’s hopjack to bring out the pronounced hop characteristics and masterfully blended this with the smooth and mellow qualities of a traditional pilsner.
Of course he had to add the NW twist of making it an imperial. “We’ve never done an actual lager yeast fermented beer at BridgePort so making it an 8% ABV pilsner made it that much more fun. It will sneak up on you!”
“I think our customers will be pleasantly surprised by the outcome,” comments Edgerton. “We’ve had a lot of fun this year playing around with different flavor profiles
– from spices, to fruits and now with the flavors of fresh Oregon hops mixed with an unexpectedly German recipe.
People will notice a couple of things when comparing this version with past Hop Harvest recipes– the taste is a bit more subtle, the color is lighter and the alcohol is more noticeable.”
Hop Harvest will be available in 22 oz. bombers while supplies last. Check www.bridgeportbrew.com for more
information and availability.
BridgePort’s Hop Harvest Stats:
Color: Light Gold
Ingredients: Hop Harvest Pilsner is an Imperial Pilsner style fresh hop beer using Austrian Aurora hops in the kettle and 4.5 lbs. per barrel of green Oregon Tettnang hops in our hopjack. The base for this beer is Great Western Malting Co.’s, Superior Pilsen malt which gives a very light golden color combined with a biscuit like pilsner malt flavor to complement that generous amount of hops of European heritage.