Fresh hop (also known as wet hop) beers are unique to this time of year, so we’ve gathered a list of breweries that are currently offering them. What makes these beers so unique is that they are made with fresh or wet hops instead of dried hops (which are usually used). August and September are the harvest season for the Northern Hemisphere and the only time to get fresh hops straight off of the bines. Fresh hops need to be used within 48 hours, but most brewers would suggest using them within 24 hours. Although they can be any style, most fresh hop beers that are brewed are IPAs or Pale Ales to highlight the fresh hop flavor. Regardless of the style, fresh hop beers strive to highlight the hops’ most delicate aromas, which are often compared to freshly cut grass.
These beers are best consumed fresh, so get out and try something new at your local brewery!
Before visiting a brewery, it is recommended to call ahead to make sure the beer is still available and to learn more about the brewery’s COVID-19 safety protocols.