Thursday, September 30, 2010

What is Fresh Hop, or Wet Hop, beer?

These terms refer to the process of brewing beer with freshly harvested hops instead of the more traditionally used dried variety. These hops are typically harvested within 24 hours of brewing the beer. They are considered "wet" because their water content is between 80-90%, whereas dried hops have a substantially lower water content of 10-20%. Brewing with fresh hops requires a lot more hops to be used to obtain the desired flavors and aromas, which vary greatly from their dried brethren. You can taste the difference for yourself, as many brewers are adding this type of beer to their seasonal lineups. If you're not familiar with this type of brew already, go to your favorite beer spot and ask for one. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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