October 15, 2011
"Like Santa carrying the loot! Fresh picked hops going straight to the brew pot!" said Julie. She and the rest of the Hippie Chicks Organic Hops crew were so so excited to welcome brewers from Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs to the farm. They came to get their hands dirty and learn about the picking process, but they didn’t stick around long to chat after they had met their quota. They rushed back to the brewery to add some Hippie Chicks love to their IPA Nouveau, a fresh hop brew!
When the beer was released, October 12, an unveiling party was held at Old Chicago in Grand Junction, which the Hippie Chicks wouldn’t have missed for the world! Our local TV news station stopped by to get an interview with the Grand Valley’s favorite hops gals, and you can see the video here!
Our local newspaper, the Palisade Tribune was also there to cover. Here’s what they had to say about it:
Palisade Hops in Tommyknocker’s New Brew
By Hannah Odneal
Palisade has quite the reputation for its fruit and wine, and now the Hippie Chicks Organic Hops Farm is putting this little town on the map in the microbrew world. October 12 at Old Chicago restaurant in Grand Junction, Tommyknocker Brewing Company released a seasonal beer called IPA Noveaux that was brewed with hops from the Hippie Chicks Organic Hops Farm. IPA stands for India Pale Ale, this style of beer is usually “hoppy” and crisp. This particular IPA is unique because fresh, rather than palletized or dried hops, were used. “We sold Tommyknocker 200 pounds of FRESH hops! They came to the farm and helped us pick them on the spot,” Julie Diers, owner of Hippie Chicks Organic Hops said. “Then the hops were rushed back to their brewery in Idaho Springs and brewed immediately.”
The whole Hippie Chicks Hops crew was quite impressed with the flavor their crop enhanced. “I LOVED it!” Diers said. “It tasted like the fresh green aroma of our barn during harvest!” All of the Hippie Chicks described the flavor similarly.
This particular beer will be only served at Old Chicago restaurants, and only for a limited time. “It’s seasonal, that’s part of the uniqueness, and it’s not going to be bottled,” Diers said. “It will only be available at Old Chicago for a few weeks since it’s so limited!” “