I was in Portland last year in the heart of hop harvest season. Every brewery I went to (which was a lot…) had multiple wet hop beers on the tap list ranging from the expected IPAs and pale ales to the unexpected kellerbier and saison. Jealous that we rarely have access to this amount of fresh or wet hop beers in ABQ and with our Acequia Wet Hop IPA garnering honors three years in a row at the Great American Beer Festival, I tried to convince John to source more fresh hops for a multiple-beer wet hop series. Wouldn’t you know it, he bit!
For the last three years, we’ve purchased fresh hops from a small farm in Colorado for Acequia; this year’s Acequia will keep the tradition. However, we’ve also sourced fresh hops from the Pacific Northwest and from a small farm in northeast NM to bring you a unique (to NM) series of fresh and wet hop beers:
- Rio Vallecitos Wet Hop DIPA – Trying to keep it as local as possible, this beer exclusively uses malts from Colorado and Wet Hops from NM.
- Acequia Wet Hop IPA
- Citra Blonde
- Hazy Mosaic – A northeast style hazy IPA
First up is Rio Vallecitos Wet Hop DIPA (8.8% ABV | 95 IBU) where New Mexico meets Colorado for the ultimate expression in hyper-local freshness. We’re welcoming fresh hop season with a unique Double IPA showcasing Chinook hops grown right here in New Mexico with malt produced by our neighbors up north. Pungent, earthy, and bursting with complex freshness, Rio Vallecitos is our way of celebrating local ingredients and the beginning of our brewer’s favorite time of year!