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It’s Hop Harvest Season, Wet Hop Beers

October 15, 2010

Unfamiliar with how wet hopping differs from traditional hopping methods? I won’t say it’s a new process, but it’s certainly one that is quickly becoming popular among craft breweries. Essentially when hops get harvested they’re dried or turned in to pellets. It’s called wet hopping when the hops are harvest then thrown in to the kettle as quickly as possible. No drying, no pellets. Pure unadulterated hoppy goodness.

Last year only Driftwood and Phillips released one. This year they two more breweries joined the fray, Granville Island and Plan B.

Driftwood Sartori Harvest IPA again features hops from the Sartori Cedar Ranch. 66 IBUs of pure centennial hops. I had this last night. Really enjoyed it. I’ll post about it tomorrow if I get it done before the brewpub crawl here in Victoria.

Phillips Growhop is hopped exclusively with Chinook hops from a farmer on the Saanich Peninsula. I got a growler chilling in the fridge for tomorrow.

Granville Island Fresh Hop ESB also uses hops from the Sartori Cedar Ranch. Hopefully some bottles make it to Victoria so I can it out.

I don’t know much about Plan B’s, but it’ll be rolled out tomorrow night at their one year anniversary party. For those of you in Smithers it starts at 3pm.

If I missed any let me know.

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