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
Tune in tonight at 7PM as Pedal chats with the hosts of Cycology Today
Cycology Today is a bicycle safety and informational program taped live on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the TVCTV studios in
Beaverton Oregon. From upcoming rides and cycling rules, you can find out more about cycling in and around Portland by watching this
program. Plus find out about events, gear and helmet fitting.
Those wishing to watch the program as it airs, here is the broadcast info:
Available in the Portland Metro area from 7 pm to 8 pm, pacific time on Comcast ch 11. Frontier Fios/cable on ch. 22. You can also
check the local listings at www.TVCTV.org
Great news! The City of Portland has just published the 2010 Bicycle Count Report which shows bike commuting in Portland rose by 8% over 2009.
Check out the excellent coverage done by Bikeportland.org and the city’s info. on Portlandonline.com.
Bicycle traffic on Portland’s four principal bicycle friendly bridges (Broadway, Steel, Burnside and Hawthorne bridges) showed the highest number of bicycle trips since annual counts began in 2000/2001.
Bicycle traffic on Portland’s four principal bicycle friendly bridges and at 109 nonbridge locations showed a one year increase of 12 and seven percent respectively. The total number of bicycle trips in Portland (combined bridge and nonbridge) increased eight percent compared with 2009.
Since the 2000/2001 counts, the overall trend in bicycle traffic was up 190 percent; roughly a tripling in use.
BikeCraft Fair To Feature Local Artisans’ Handmade Cycling Crafts
December 4-5, 2010 – Portland, Oregon
Portland, Ore. (11/23/10) – BikeCraft, held each year since 2005, is a bike-lover’s holiday gift bazaar that showcases local, handmade, bike-themed arts, crafts, fashion and accessories. This sixth edition is free to the public and will take place at the new home of local bicycle accessory design firm, Portland Design Works located at 15 NE Hancock St. Portland, OR 97212.
The family friendly fair will run both Saturday and Sunday, December 4-5, 2010 from 10am-6pm. Guests can browse and purchase offerings by more than 50 local artisans from cycling caps to screen prints and bike bags to jewelry and pet collars fashioned from upcycled bike parts. Food and beverages will be available from bike-based businesses and door prize giveaways are planned. BikeCraft is a production of BikePortland.org and is sponsored by Pedal Bike Tours, Portland’s year-round home for local bike crafts, and Leatherman Tool Group.
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About Pedal Bike Tours
Pedal offers sightseeing tours by bicycle of Portland and the surrounding region from their shop in the heart of downtown Portland. Pedal also offers local bike crafts, urban fashion and commuter accessories.