Loads of hops picked fresh and shipped to Minnesota immediately, and brewed upon delivery. This hop-forward beer is a balanced IPA – piney and fruity hop flavor with just enough malt sweetness.
We took a break from brewing our Wet Hopped West Coast Style IPA in 2014 while we moved into our new brewery so for 2015 we came back with a bang. Our 2015 edition features 6,000 lbs of Simcoe hops harvested from the Yakima region of Washington. We went all out in 2015 and brewed 600 barrels, TEN TIMES as much WET as we first brewed when we started wet hopping back in 2009. And, for the first time ever, WET distribution will reach our neighbors in Wisconsin, Iowa and Chicago in both draft and 16oz cans.
Our 2015 WET hops were picked in the Pacific Northwest on a Sunday, packed into vented and stackable bins, loaded into a refrigerated trailer and arrived at our loading dock the following Tuesday ready to impart their aromatic oils into the beer in a way dried or processed hop pellets can’t.
Brewing WET takes a massive amount of teamwork and coordination. Beginning at 6am, WET dominated the production schedule, requiring 10 people to orchestrate the brewing cycle around the clock for four days. 2015 also marked the first year the brewers were able to utilize a rotary forklift to dump the hop back, increasing both productivity and efficiency when handling such a massive volume of hops.
Brewing WET is a labor of love so we are pumped to re-release one of our favorite seasonal beers.