Harvest Ale: Top Hops
Dave Engbers gives a sneak peek at the hops used in this year's Harvest Ale.
Yakima, WA hops:
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On October 12, Founders Brewery hosts its 10th annual Harvest Party. The party is slated to start at 11 a.m.
"Harvest Festival for us is a huge celebration of big hoppy beers," says Engbers "Every single day hops are getting overnighted to us."
The 10th Annual Harvest Party will feature Founder's own Wet-Hopped Harvest Ale, brewed with fresh hops from Michigan and Yakima, WA.
"Harvest Ale is just such a phenomenal beer," says Engbers. "You can only make it when the hops are harvested. They have to be fresh. So it’s a beer we can only brew during this one time of year."
Founders has been brewing Harvest Ale for 10 years, but that doesn't mean it's the same beer as last year. Every year, depending on what varieties of hops are harvested, the recipe is subject to change. Engbers says this version of harvest ale was brewed over a two week period as the hops were harvested.
"This beer is best experienced fresh! We cannot stress this enough," says Engbers.
The Harvest Party will feature live bands in the evening, featuring The Appleseed Collective, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys and Honky Suckle. Additionally, guests will receive a commemorative Harvest Party pint glass complete with complimentary beer.
"We’re expecting a lot of people this year," says Dave Engbers, co-founder of Founders Brewery "Because of the attention our industry is getting now, we start all of our parties early. We make this an all day event."
Admission is $10 dollars at the door or $8 for 2013 Mug Club Members.
Russ is a full-time student at GVSU studying writing and psychology.