1. First of all, Wet-hopping or Fresh hopping generally uses hops that are less than 24 hours off the vine. This means they're chock full of those hop oils that give our hoppy beer their character.
2. The hop harvest starts in mid August and can last from four to six weeks, even into October.
3. Sierra Nevada was the first brewery to pioneer wet-hopping by taking hops straight from the field and directly putting them into the beer.
4. Fresh picked hops have to be overnighted in refrigerator trucks to breweries to maintain freshness and will change by the hour, especially if they are left out in the air.
5. Wet-hopping a beer can bring out very exotic flavors and aromas that are only indicative of a wet-hopped beer.
6. IBU's can be a mystery until the beer is tested and you can never really be certain what the final product will taste like with a wet-hopped beer.
7. Wet hops are expensive to purchase and ship, therefore wet hopped beers are expensive to make and sometimes that is reflected in the price of the pint you purchase.
"Thank you" to Jeff and Dande Bagby and the entire Bagby Beer Co. crew for making us feel so welcomed! If you get a chance to drink Hop Crop Extra Pale, Hop Crop Pale Ale or Hop Crop Red Ale from Bagby Beer Co. then do so, they are incredible and won't be available much longer! Cheers! KB