We are exceedingly lucky in the Willamette Valley to have an abundance of crops that flourish with our climate and soils. And although it is tough to tear yourself away from the grape harvest right now, this is the perfect time to harvest hops and make fresh hop beers!
I planted my first hop plant (a Cascade) last year at my house in Portland and was amazed by how quickly it took to my yard, so this year we added a second plant (Columbus) in the same area.
We walked away in total with 3 large bowls filled to the brim and started making a batch of Fresh Hop American Pale Ale, with CaraPils and Victory specialty malts for added depth of flavor. Which should be ready to consume mid-October, so when we are heavily underway in the winery and will be in definite need of some beer.