While sweet and malty beers come to mind when one thinks of traditional fall-seasonals, this time of year also presents a bountiful harvest of brews for those of us who consider ourselves “hop-heads”. In the early fall, the magicians we call hop farmers are busy harvesting their crops in order that we can be spoiled with the fruits of their labor. Brewers flock to these farms to smell, taste, see, and buy these green beauties to create their fresh or wet hopped beers. While hops are normally used in pellet form, this season presents a unique opportunity to utilize the hop in its natural form, delivering a taste that drives us wild. Local beer-meisters, Surly Brewing Co., delivers yet another spectacular beer in their massively sought-after beer, Surly Wet. This beer lives up to the hype, delivering an awesome piney, fruity, and citrus hop flavor with just enough maltiness to keep it balanced and light.
ALSO TRY: Mosaic Fresh Hop from Castle Danger Brewing and Fresh Hop from Mankato Brewery