When one thinks of fresh farm-to-market produce, it's usually in the vein of carrots and lettuce. And when food is flown across the country via special delivery, it's usually for fish that was swimming in an ocean one day and served a plate less than 24 hours later. Evidently, the same value in expediency can also be applied to brewing beer.
Deep Ellum Brewing Company drove out to D/FW airport last night around 8:30 p.m. to meet a plane that was carrying a shipment of hops, which were picked that morning in Portland, Oregon. Head brewer Drew Huerter likens fresh hops to "vacation sex," where the mechanics are the same, but there's just a little something extra about it that is "difficult to quantify."
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The new beer, tentatively called "Hop Seeker" will also have Gambrinus Munic malt, Great Western Vienna and C150 malts, Rahr Pale Ale malt and raw cane sugar along with Summit, Chinook, Glacier, Columbus plus the fresh centennial hops from Oregon. Per Tait Lifto at DEBC, "The fresh hops add a juicier, grassier terroir (pardon my French) to the nose."
"It will be stylistically close to an American Strong Ale or Imperial Amber Ale," reports Lifto, "weighing in at a very respectable 8.0% ABV. This beer will hit the market in limited quantities in about 3-4 weeks."
Be on the lookout for fresh farm-to-market beer in about one month.