Winding Down The Bines Wet-Hop Pale Ale
“Good things grow in Ontario!”
Tasting NotesGreen, fresh cut grass, spicy
History Of The Style
Hops are a key ingredient in beer. They provide aromatics, texture, flavour, bitterness and act as a natural preservative. Once picked and left to their own devices, hop flowers will rot within a matter of hours. Consequently, brewers use hop pellets, processed hop flowers which have been dried, baled, crushed and formed into pellets which when stored frozen absent light or oxygen will keep for a relatively long period of time. Like most things, there's a trade-off, however. Something is lost in all that handling and processing.
Wet hop ales are a beautiful response to this problem. Once a year, at harvest time, brewers have an opportunity to brew beer with hops in their full, untouched glory. The style has made a roaring comeback in the last ten years as small independent artisanal brewers have struck relationships with local hop growers to create these once-a-year releases featuring fresh-picked, never dried hop flowers.
Fermentables: Pilsner, pale wheat, Carafoam
Hops: Fresh-harvested Cascade and Chinook
Yeast: California Ale