Great Divide joins growing list of brewers using fresh Colorado hops

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Freshly harvested hops.
Great Divide Brewing will tap its first-ever beer made with fresh Colorado hops tomorrow at 2 p.m., joining a growing list of brewers who use locally grown hops. Sticky Icky is a pale ale that has been soaked in a firkin with fresh Crystal hops from Misty Mountain Hop Farm in Olathe. But the brewery will also brew a separate, seven-barrel batch with those hops, which will be ready in four to six weeks.

At least three dozen Colorado breweries (see the full list below) have made or are making fresh-hop beers this year with hops grown in-state -- the subject of this week's Westword cover story, "Is Everyone Hoppy?" and an accompanying slide show.

See also
-Who's keeping local hop farmers in business?
-Hop farming in Colorado
-Great Divide adds a pilot brewing system for small-batch, experimental beers

Fresh hop beers are made with whole hop cones harvested within 24 hours of brewing in order to capture the farm-fresh flavors that begin to fade within a day. The article covers the hop-farming industry in Colorado and what it will take for it to survive.

Great Divide bottles a fresh hop beer every year that is made with Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe hops grown in the Yakima Valley region of Washington State (the 2012 version will be brewed this weekend). But the addition of a seven-barrel pilot brewing system last year has allowed Great Divide to produce smaller batches of beer.

In the meantime, here's a list of breweries that had, have or will have fresh-hop beers on tap here during the late summer and early fall:

Asher Brewing
Avery
Big Choice
Bootstrap
Boulder Beer
Bristol
Bull & Bush
City Star brewing
Copper Kettle
Crabtree
Crazy Mountain
Dad and Dude's
Denver Beer Co
Dostal Alley
Fort Collins
Great Divide
Kannah Creek
Left Hand
Lone Tree
Loveland AleWorks
New Belgium
Odell
Oskar Blues
Pagosa Springs Brewing
Pikes Peak
Renegade
Ska
Strange
Steamworks
Tommyknocker
Trinity
Twisted Pine
Wynkoop


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2201 Arapahoe St., Denver, CO

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rondoylewrites
rondoylewrites

@ColoBeerMan Wrote about them for Fort Collins magazine in the fall issue.

rondoylewrites
rondoylewrites

@ColoBeerMan Not confirmed, but you may be able to add Pateros Creek to your fresh-hopped list—FoCo Hops Acres may supply them.

rondoylewrites
rondoylewrites

@ColoBeerMan It's worth noting your story blows the socks off my 800-word local profile piece. You're the man.

rondoylewrites
rondoylewrites

@ColoBeerMan Not entire sure. FoCoMag just went quarterly; this is their first fall issue. Soon?

ColoBeerMan
ColoBeerMan

@rondoylewrites When goes the issue come out?

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