Colorado is crazy about beer. The state is home to some of the country’s most creative craft brewers including Great Divide.
Inspired by the annual September hop harvest, Great Divide in Denver brews this once-a-year specialty with freshly picked hop flowers rather than standard dried or pelletized hops. Fresh hops look like little fluffy green pine cones, palpably sticky with the resinous oils that deliver the beer’s distinctive bitterness and herbal aromatics. This beer practically bursts with juicy green hop aromas, vivid enough for surfers and college students to recognize the hop’s family resemblance to its cousin cannabis by smell alone. Yet, despite the hop aroma overload, Fresh Hop finishes without an overly harsh bitter bite.