03 September 2008

Weyerbacher Harvest Ale Available Soon

From Weyerbacher:

Brewed with Fresh "Wet" hops grown on our own Hops farm in Lehigh County, PA, this 6% IPA is so fragrant and flavorful with bright, fresh hops notes you've got to taste it to understand it. We planted 1500 hops plants on our farm this year and harvested just enough hops to brew 3 batches of Harvest Ale, which will be released the week of September 8th in PA only. Next year we expect a 5 to 10 fold increase in the harvest and will be able to make a lot more beer and thus ship it out to all markets, not just PA. These Harvest Ales, as they come to be known, are a somewhat new style in recents years, mostly produced by west coast breweries, as they were the only ones that could get fresh hops direct from the farms quickly enough to avoid spoilage. Also called wet-hopped beers because the hops are not dried prior to using as they normally would be. To understand the significance of this, think of fresh basil leaves on a fantastic dish compared to dried basil on the same dish, and you'll have an idea how different and unique a beer brewed with fresh hops is. Limited quantities, about 500 cs and 40 1/2 kegs, all PA wholesalers will be offered some over the next week or two.

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