What does Oregon have that much of the rest of the world does not? Fresh hop beers, and tis the season! Locals can rejoice and visitors can revel in their luck of being in the right place at the right time.
With more than 75% of American hops grown in Oregon and Washington, not to mention that the hops must be used within 24 hours of picking in order to make these special seasonal beers, Oregon is the place to be for the next couple weeks. Harvest just happened and the beers are starting to roll out. Guests on our Oregon Brewery Trail tour are already getting samples, but if you’re just interested to do hit a couple places on your own, here’s a quick list of some top brewery picks where fresh hop beers are already on tap.
Fresh Hops On Tap At…
1. Little Beast Brewing Beer Garden – Fresh Hop Fera
A personal favorite, brewer Charles Porter takes his knack for mixed
fermentation farmhouse ales and gives it a fresh hop kick. You can even soak up
some sun on a picnic blanket while enjoying a glass.
2. Lucky Lab – Simcoe Fresh Hop Pale Ale – This is a product of their fresh hop
harvest from hops grown at their NW Portland pub. The public helped pick these
delicious hops, and if you’re on our beer tour they’ll definitely be on the
3. Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House – They currently have 3 new releases
out of more than a dozen planned to hit their taps. Try the Fresh Hop Mirror
Pond, Chasing Freshies, Fresh Hop Hop City IIPA. Yum!
4. Crystal Brewery – Another one on our brewery tour, but sip a Thundercone Fresh
Hop Ale in this eclectically awesome downtown brewpub.
Lastly, don’t miss the opportunity to try dozens of Oregon fresh hop ales this weekend,
Sept 29 & 30th, at the Portland Fresh Hops Beer Fest at Oaks Amusement Park.
The Pedal Team
There’s a reason our Oregon Brewery Tour was named one of the “10 Best Guided Bike Tours in the USA” by Bicycling Magazine. With more than 60 breweries in the city limits, there’s no better way to taste through our hoppy, sour and delicious beer varieties than by bike!
Since July is Oregon Craft Beer Month, it’s a great time to either take the brewery tour, or grab a bike and go sipping around the city. Most breweries in the state hold special events regularly through the month, so be prepared to try something new on tap, or just revel in the celebratory spirit of the month. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of Oregon Craft Beer Month resources below.
And to give you a taste of our Oregon Brewery Tour, the talented team at Anthem Media put you behind the handlebars on a fun, short video of our beloved beer tour.
Some great resources while you explore Portland’s beer scene:
- Travel Portland brief overview of OCBM has great links to top events, festivals and breweries.
- Oregon Craft Beer Month’s official website lists hundreds of events across the state
- Brewpublic is an industry favorite for beer events and news.
Things To Do In Honolulu: Rent a bicycle and win the Molokai to Oaha Race!
Congratulations to Queen Kapiolani Hotel guest Jordan Mercer on setting the record in her 4th consecutive win of the Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard race. Jordan’s dad Darren rented a bike from us the other day. We’re glad to have met you and glad you chose us as a thing to do in Honolulu for some biking Darren!
Pedal Bike Tours will be serving coffee and donuts to downtown’s commuters this Thursday, Friday and next Monday to congratulate and encourage Portland’s Bike Commute Challenge riders for cycling to work the whole month of September.
This Thursday, Friday and next Monday from 7-9AM, Pedal will be on one of Portland’s three main bike-friendly bridges pouring hot cups of coffee from Pedal’s coffee partner World Cup Coffee and serving scrumpdiddlyicious Voodoo donuts.
Coupons good for 20% off a full-service tuneup will also be available.
Look who took a tour with us, the NBAs top star, LeBron James. We were out at the Nike Campus doing a special tour and the big man showed up to ride along with us. Come take a tour of Downtown Portland next time LeBron!