Experiencing The Hop Harvest at Goschie Farms

Experiencing The Hop Harvest at Goschie Farms

Last week I had the opportunity to join fellow beer bloggers on a fresh hop excursion organized by Pyramid Brewing. Our destination, Goschie Farms in Silverton, Oregon. The purpose of the trip was two-fold; to learn about how hops are harvested and processed and for Pyramid Brewing to pick up some fresh Centennial hops to brew a fresh hop version of their Outburst Imperial IPA.

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After a 45-minute drive from Portland we arrive to Goschie Farms.

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Hop vines are loaded for processing.

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Gayle Goschie of Gosie Farms talks about how the hops are being processed.  

Gayle Goschie of Gosie Farms talks about how the hops are being processed.

 

Hops are being dried by a kiln.

Hops are being dried by a kiln.

Gayle measures the moisture of the hops.

Gayle measures the moisture of the hops.

Hops getting compacted into 200 pound bales. Then formed into a bag.

Hops getting compacted into 200 pound bales. Then formed into a bag.

The bag is hand sewn shut.

The bag is hand sewn shut.

Head brewers Ryan Pappe of Pyramid Brewing gets some help filling a 40 lbs bag of recently kilned hops. Time to load up the hops and head back to Portland.

Head brewers Ryan Pappe of Pyramid Brewing gets some help filling a 40 lbs bag of recently kilned hops. Time to load up the hops and head back to Portland.

We arrive back to Pyramid Brewing in Portland. Brewers add 200 pounds of fresh centential hops to the kettle.

We arrive back to Pyramid Brewing in Portland. Brewers add 200 pounds of fresh centential hops to the kettle.

 Part of the Goschie Farms Hop Harvest

Pyramid's Outburst Fresh Hop Imperial IPA will be available starting this Wednesday, August 30th at their Portland location. Rejoice. The fresh hop season is upon us.

 

 

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