I’m always interested in fresh hop ales, so was interested to see Sierra Nevada’s Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale on the shelf at our last trip. Not that I am particularly timely. This came out in April or so of this year. It is, however, currently fresh hop season for hops harvested in the US. A bar in Hayward that I haven’t visited yet, The Bistro, had their Fresh Hop festival a couple weeks ago. Sorry to have missed it. Another local bar, Toronado, is having their Fresh Hop Festival on October 15th. Unfortunately, it looks like I might miss this too, as Mrs. Flannestad and I have tickets to see Herman Dune that night at Bimbo’s. In any case, we covered Sierra Nevada’s regular Harvest Ale last October. This is their second version, with most of the hops coming from New Zealand. They have a third, recently available Fresh Hop Beer using hops grown on their property in Chico: Chico Estate Harvest Ale. If I can track that down, it may be next week’s beer of the week.
Southern Hemisphere Harvest is another beer from Sierra Nevada which I find myself enjoying quite a bit. Nice citrus hoppiness and good complexity. Not overly heavy or sweet, it is well balanced.
For dinner we had Alaskan Halibut braised with aromatic vegetables, herbs, and Pineau de Charentes. Quinoa Pilaf. Spicy Braised Red Russian Kale. Baby Greens with Bariani Vinaigrette, dry farmed Two Dogs Sungold Tomatoes, and French Sheep’s Milk Feta.