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Kegs & Legs Beer of the Week: Chasin’ Freshies (2018) and Hopzeit from Deschutes Brewing

I love beer. After now having visited over 425 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages.

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In the past few months, we reviewed quite a few offerings from Deschutes Brewery, including their newest year-round Fresh Haze IPA, the new canned beer line, as well as Swivelhead Red, Passionfruit IPA, and Twilight Summer Ale. Now that autumn is upon us, we are sampling a few from their seasonal line-up, the popular fresh hop Chasin’ Freshies and Hopzeit Autumn IPA

Let’s start off again with a little snippet from our previous posts about Deschutes:

Deschutes is an Oregon success story – growing and expanding into many states, with plans for an operation in Roanoke, VA – all while staying true to the local scene and remaining employee owned? Despite their growth, they remain super committed to environmental causes and sustainability. I have been to their large production facility just west of the Deschutes River near the Old Mill district in Bend. They also have a brewery/restaurant location in downtown Bend a relatively new (a few years) establishment in The Pearl in PDX.

Chasin’ Freshies comes around each October with the kickoff of fresh hop season. As a result, it’s always a little different from year to year, and the 2018 version is utilizing some of the newer hops on the scene – Strata. For those who are unfamiliar with fresh hop beer, it’s essentially getting hops from the vine and into the kettle as quickly as possible. This brings out the flavor in what some see as it’s most pure form. I can be hit-or-miss on the styling, but Chasin’ Freshies is one that I always seem to enjoy. It’s pretty juicy and flavorful without being overpowering. I think Deschutes really got it right with the 2018 version!

Hopzeit is perhaps the counter to the pumpkin-flavor scene (they even use #SayNoToPumpkinBeer in their branding). I’m not opposed to gourd-forward beers, but I do tend to agree that there are too many out there that just are following a trend and not actually doing it right. So instead of following the crowd, the Hopzeit is an IPA that is inspired by traditional Oktoberfest Märzenbier. This styling was created in Bavaria in the 1500’s when there was an ordinance that beer only be brewed between September 29th and April 23rd (and I thought Utah beer laws were weird). März in German is “March”, and the Märzen was brewed in March with more hops and higher alcohol in an effort to prolong how long it would stay good (obviously through that that forbidden timeframe). The Hopzeit adds Herkules, Sterling, and Hull Melon hops with the classic malting, giving it a nice balance of herb and fruit notes. It’s reminiscent of the amber beers of the season but with a little Deschutes twist.

These beers are only available during limited months, so be sure to jump on them ASAP!


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Brewery: Deschutes Brewery (Facebook)

  • 901 SW Simpson Ave Bend, OR 97702
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About Matt Rasmussen (1235 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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