LA GRANDE — Hoppy and earthy with tropical notes of passionfruit, citrus rind, and mixed berries — Side A Brewing’s newest creation is balanced and goes down smooth and attendees at the Seattle Fresh Hop Festival agreed.

Around 20 breweries hauled more than 30 beers to Seattle for a weekend celebration of the unique style of beer. Side A brought three beers to the festival — its Oregon Fog Hazy India Pale Ale, Old Trav Altbier and the brand-new Fresh Hop India Pale Ale. Festival-goers voted for their favorite beer as they tasted their way through the wide variety of brews. The choice was clear — Side A’s Fresh Hop IPA was named the people’s choice winner.

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Isabella Crowley is a reporter for The Observer. Contact her at 541-624-6014 or

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