This ale is Poperings Hommelbier brewed with fresh hops. This results in more bitterness, but also in a more pronounced hoppy aroma. 6 months after bottling, the bitterness gets a more round character which makes the Hommel Fresh Harvest even better.
In 1624, the city of Watou near Poperinge was granted the privilege of becoming an earldom for the Earls van Yedegem. This family owned the castle of Watou, to which they constructed a brewery. During the French Revolution the brewery was rebuilt by a local farmer, under the typical Belgian slogan “Revolt all you want, but we still need beer here”. In 1862, the Family Van Eecke became the new owners of the brewery by marriage, and started brewing top fermenting country ales.