Wednesday, September 2, 2015

McMenamins Annual Running Of The Brewers

Fresh Hop harvesting and brewing is in full swing with breweries all across the Pacfic Northwest taking part in the action. McMenamins and its "annual running of the brewers took place yesterday. Check out the huge effort it took to get all the breweries the fresh Simcoe hops to make McMennamins Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale.
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-It’s fresh hops time and McMenamins is smack dab in the middle of the action! Yesterday, seven team members were out at Sodbuster Farms celebrating an annual tradition – Running of the Brewers – a coordinated effort to get the freshest, most fragrant hops to McM breweries across Oregon and Washington in one day (in this case, before 1 p.m.). All of their efforts pour into McM’s fall seasonal: Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale. Thundercone debuts Sept. 18 and is available until supplies last.

The day by the numbers:
·         Start time 8 a.m.
·         1120 lbs of fresh hops were delivered to 20 breweries in Oregon and Washington – from Roseburg to Mill Creek, Lincoln City to Bend
·         Total miles driven: 1525 by 7 hop-infused brewers
·         1 bag/tote was delivered per brewery unless they were making more than one batch, as noted here:
o   Wilsonville
o   West Linn
o   John Barleycorns/ 2 batches
o   Highland
o   Kennedy/ 2 batches
o   MOTC
o   Cornelius Pass Roadhouse/2 batches
o   Oak Hills
o   Crystal Ballroom/2 batches
o   Hillsdale
o   Fulton
o   Monroe
o   High Street
o   Roseburg
o   Edgefield/ 8 totes
o   Thompson
o   Old St. Francis/2 batches 
o   Lighthouse
o   Mill Creek
o   Roy Street
  (Jen Kent at Thompson Brewery in Salem was the first to get her fresh hops at 9 a.m - Mike “Curly” White at Old St. Francis School got his at 11: 59 a.m. - Kyle Jungck at Queen Ann/Seattle got his at 12:18 p.m. - The last delivery: Roseburg whose hops arrived at 12:19 p.m.)
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 Info on Simcoe Hops:; Simcoe Hops were selected to make McM’s seasonal Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale
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