Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Rest of Hop Harvest #2

Things happen quickly at the Portsmouth Brewery.  Since the last post, 2 beers have run out (Gose and Whipper Snapper) and 2 medals have been won at Great American Beer Festival (Rye Not took silver and Milk Stout took bronze). 

My plan was to space out the video clips until Hop harvest #2 came out.  Well, the beer went on this morning and I still had a few clips left.   That being the case, here are the rest of them.  If you've got any questions, ask Tod and Tyler.  Mostly though, you should just go drink some delicious Hop Harvest Beer-both are now on tap exclusively at the Portsmouth Brewery.

One more thing- Clip #5 won't make it up.  It's resting patiently for our clips and outtakes post, which will probably take place in about four years.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hop Harvest Clip #3

Tyler explains the hopback and what it's used for.  Look at all those sticky green buds!  Tod said yesterday that both Hop Harvest beers in are conditioning and will enter the final cooling stage today.  We're getting closer!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hop Harvest Clip #2

Tod Mott, Head Brewer, explains Citra hops in their wet form.  It's quick but informative.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hop Harvest #2 with Fresh Citra

Tod and Tyler brewed Hop Harvest #2 with fresh Citra hops on September 9, 2010.  This video is the first of several shorts that we'll post leading up to the release.

Wet-hopped beers are a once-a-year occurrence, because these beers can only be brewed in conjunction with the hop harvest that takes place in the late summer.  Hops are very volatile commodities.  They are normally picked, dried, vacuum-packed, and put in cold storage.  Around this time of year, some brewers will use wet hops right off the vine.  Luckily, the Portsmouth Brewery has been brewing a wet-hop harvest ale for at least the last 5 years.

Everything begins with this goofy skit.