Fresh hop harvest season is the best — that once-a-year opportunity to make beer with fresh, rather than dried, hops. Perhaps no brewery is more dedicated to this pursuit than FlyteCo — or at least no brewery is licensed enough to aid in this pursuit.
Denver’s FlyteCo Brewing is an aviation-themed brewery that truly lives up to that theme. Late last year, they opened their second location at the former Stapleton International Airport Control Tower. And during this special time of year, their licensed pilot owners take flight to pick up fresh hops – literally – for fresh hop season.
Earlier this week, they hit the skies in their small passenger plane from Erie, Colo., to Billy Goat hop farm in Montrose, Colo., grabbed some hops, and then flew back to brew at FlyteCo – all before noon.
It’s the freshest wet hop beer a beer lover could ask for.
Here’s the itinerary:
- 6:30 a.m. Pre flight briefing at Erie Airport in front of FBO
- 7 a.m. Depart for Montrose Airport
- 8 a.m. Mike starts brewing at FlyteCo Tennyson location
- 8:30 a.m. Land in Montrose – drive crew cars to Billy Goat Hop Farms
- 9 -10 a.m. Tour Billy Goat and pick up hops
- 10:30 a.m. Depart for Erie, Colo.
- 12 p.m. Arrive at EIK, unload quick, and drive hops to FlyteCo
- 12:30 p.m. Arrive at FlyteCo with hops and add to brew kettle