Athletic Brewing is my personal choice for N/A beers and now they are nodding towards their second home of California with a West Coast IPA using malt from Admiral and hops from Crosby.
Offshoot Beer Co. is headed out to the hop farms with two new IPAs from two different farms.
Just the Two of Us– “The saga continues! Just the Two of Us is the follow up to 2020’s “Better Together,” a collaboration with Virgil Gamache Farms. This Double Dry-Hopped Hazy Double IPA features Amarillo variety complimented by Sonnet, both grown at Virgil Gamache Farms. This big DDH Hazy DIPA boasts a huge chewy mouthfeel, with round juicy flavors of grapefruit and lemon peel, along with light floral notes.”
Better Together – “This was our chance to get our boots in the dirt and get to know our hop farmer friends and their stories. Better Together was a collaboration with our old friends at Crosby Hop Farms, and our new friends at B&D Farms. This heavy-hitting, classic West Coast IPA features Centennial hops from B&D Farms, and is intense with aromas and flavors of grapefruit, citrus, and pine.”
Highland Park is adding to both their stable of pilsners as well as their collaboration cred with the new Crosbo Pils a 5.8% ABV hoppy Pilsner. Crosby came south from the farm to the city to help create this new beer that the brewery describes as having “Big flavors & aromas of red berry, tropical fruit, & lemon zest!”
Oregon already has an artisan malt house constructing a tasting room and not Crosby Hop Farm is going that route to this summer. They are working on the TopWire Hop Project, a beer garden on the grounds of the Crosby Hop Farm, “an independent, fifth-generation hop grower, merchant and processor nestled in Oregon’s heralded Willamette Valley.”
The beer garden is “constructed out of a large shipping container” and there will be rotating craft beers, tours of the farm and IPA’s to spare. If only they had a small hotel on site, then I would be set.