There are a couple other eyewitness reports on Saturday's Fresh Hop festival at Hopworks, so I'm a little late getting my opinion out there. Angelo is really ticked off that most of the taps were dry by the time he arrived at the exact midpoint of the event. The scan of his program with the empty kegs marked is hilarious.
The consolation for those who arrived late is the fact that Hopworks rolled out for them the barrel-aged version of their fresh-hop Parsec Pale -- pumped through a filter of fresh hops(!), as seen in some of John Foyston's excellent photos of the festival. Those of us that arrived on time were told that the barrel-aged Parsec would not be served.
Despite the large crowd -- which actually wasn't so bad if you got there early -- there were several ways that this year's Tastival was better than the 2007 one at Edgefield:
- Alphabetical order!
- Location near my house.
- Nicer looking pint glasses.
- All advertised beers were served, at least for a while.
- Deschutes Fresh Hop Mirror Pond: mmm...
- Ninkasi Mt. Hops: bitter, funky, and yum
- Hopworks Parsec Pale: nice, similar to Laurelwood Hop Bale
- Deschutes Fairweather: light and tasty, right on