MacTarnahan's Highlander is new from the Portland Brewing Co.
of Portland, OR. According to Portland master brewer Alan Kornhauser,
Highlander utilizes Brewer's Gold hops. The prized hop is grown in
small quantities in Keizer, Oregon and kiln-dried in the Willamette
Valley. The dried hops are then shipped to England for distilling. After
distilling, a small flask of pure hop oil returns to Portland, where
it's carefully added as a finishing touch to Highlander Pale Ale.
Kornhauser, who's spent the last four years pioneering the use of
hop oil in craft beers, says this year's hop oil is exceptionally
clean and aromatic. "We've distilled 100 pounds of
Brewer's Gold into 500 milliliters of pure hop oil," explains
Kornhauser. "It's so potent, a mere thimble full will flavor
nearly 400 cases of beer."