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Monday, August 27, 2012

Lucky Lab Hop Harvest

It's that time of year again... (Reprinted from last year, but with the accurate date--tomorrow!  I plan to get my hands resiny, so I'll see you all there.)

There are a number of elements that give Beervana it's particular flavor, and a somewhat unemphasized one is the sense of community and collaboration. This happens at the brewery level, where brewers share information and tips about recipes and methods (when I was at Breakside a while back, Ben was looking over notes he'd received from Ben Dobler and Alex Ganum on their goses--just one example). But it also connects beer drinkers directly with breweries through collaborative projects and events. In Portland, the line between brewer and drinker is murky.

The Lucky Lab's annual "The Mutt" fresh-hop ale is the quintessential metaphor for this sense of community and collaboration. The brewery picks their own hops and solicits donations from gardeners around the Rose City. Beginning at six, volunteers wade into the pile of bines and began shucking. When they're done, the baskets go into a beer called "The Mutt"--for the hoppy parentage of the beer is always a vast, mutable tapestry of hop strains.

If you have extra hops, drop them off any time tomorrow (last year they had 170 lbs of hops and this year they're shooting for 200). And if you want to help harvest--the zymurgical equivalent of a community barn-raising--be there at6 pm to start plucking. It's happening at the patio of the Hawthorne Lab (915 SE Hawthorne), and I can absolutely guarantee a good time.

Hop Harvest for "The Mutt"
August 28, 6 pm
Lucky Labrador Brewpub, 915 SE Hawthorne
Bring your bines!

1 comment:

  1. Similar, but, different, community and collaboration.

    Oskar Blues, Longmont, invited volunteers to their brewery Friday evening to pick hops from their bines.

    Voss Farm, Arvada, invited volunteers to their barn Saturday and Sunday morning to pick hops from their bines.