Frederick Brewing Company - Hopfest Brown Ale
- ABV: 4.8%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 54
- Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
Every Fall, in celebration of the hop harvest, Frederick brews the Hopfest. As the name implies, the beer has an uncommonly high hop content. It is brewed with three times as much hops per barrel as an average beer, Nordahl said. Each year, a different hop is used exclusively throughout the brewing of the Hopfest -- this year it is a hop called Ahtanum -- and the hop is used 12 times in the brewing! "We try to capture every essence of that hop in liquid form," Nordahl said. "We accentuate the hop aroma so that you can actually taste the hop. That's what makes the Hopfest Ale so unique."
When the workers at Frederick Brewing Co. realized they were running out of Hopfest Brown Ale last fall, they took 16 kegs and squirreled them away, securing them for their private consumption. "It's a fabulous beer," said Steve Nordahl, a Vice President at Frederick Brewing who happily helped his staff drain the secret kegs. "Whenever people ask me what [food] the Hopfest goes with, I say, 'Another Hopfest, followed by another and another and another.' We love it."
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