Sep 29

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Backyard To Bar – Portola Gardeners Grow Hops For Hyper Local Brew

A new spin on “farm to table” is happening right here in the Portola with F.D.R.‘s newest brew, “Hyper-Local Fresh Hop Ale.” Brewery owners, Kevin & Shae Inglin, teamed up with Ruth Wallace who runs the Portola Garden District Tour, to create this unique twist on the locally sourced food movement. Ruth tapped into her deep ties with local gardeners and was able to find over 20 gardeners here in the Portola excited to help in the project. Hop rhizomes were given to the neighborhood gardeners back in March and the group created an email list for sharing tips, photos and progress. Hop rhizomes often take the first year to get established so the yield for the inaugural harvest was smaller at 10 lbs of buds.  Enough though to produce 4 barrels (8 kegs) of the Hyper-Local which was formulated by Kevin, the brewmaster at F.D.R.  Kevin tells us that predominant flavor in an Pale Ale comes from the green hops, so what you taste in the beer is pure Garden District goodness.

The Beer is on top right now at F.D.R. while it lasts.  It will also be the featured drink at the Portola Garden Tour after party, being held this Saturday at F.D.R. Cheers!

Gallery Of Portola Gardener’s Hip Vines

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