Back in January, Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey announced that 2014 would see the introduction of three new seasonal brews. The story was simple – each seasonal release would follow the life cycle of the hops strain. Cultivator Helles Bock sprouted onto shelves in the springtime, followed by the return of the popular Sunshine Pils as the summer feature.
Today, Tröegs debuted Hop Knife Harvest Ale, its new fall seasonal. (Is it just us or are the fall beers coming earlier and earlier? We digress…) While we’d like to think that Bryan Adams’ “Cuts Like a Knife” was an influencer here, Tröegs instead explains that the “knife” in question refers to the old-school practice of harvesting hops by hand. Weighing in at 6.2% ABV, this deep amber-colored brew is noted to pair well with fatty meats, Thai dishes and strong flavors like ginger and onion.
From the Tröegs website:
Hop Knife Harvest Ale recognizes the meticulous, time-honored tradition of hand-harvesting hops at the peak of maturity. Our HopCyclone process creates an inward spiral of hop dispersal during fermentation, releasing a bounty of citrus, resin and tropical aromas.
Tröegs Hop Knife Harvest Ale is available today and will be distributed August-October. The Hop Cycle completes in November with the introduction of the winter seasonal Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA.
Let us know what you think of Tröegs’ new fall seasonal in the comments below.