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Wet Hop Fest This Weekend

By William Brand
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005 at 11:45 am in Uncategorized.

Here’s a beer calendar reminder: Wet Hop Festival, Saturday, Oct. 15, The Bistro, 1005 B. St., in downtown Hayward. This another annual event concocted by Bistro proprietor Vic Kralj that is becoming famous beyond the Bay Area.

The requirement here is that the beer must be made with hops just off the vine. Fall is hop harvest time and time for wet hop beer. Wet hops are fresh hops that have not been dried. They bring a fresh hop- aroma that is distinctive and coupled with a decent malt bill create fabulous beer.

Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo
with some fresh hops.

Vic says the lineup is still growing, but includes wet hop ales from Sierra Nevada, Chico; Russian River, Santa Rosa; Bear Republic, Healdsburg, Moonlight, Windsor; Magnolia, San Francisc; Drakes, San Leandro, andRogue, Newport, OR, Deschutes, Bend; Laurelwood and Widmer, both Portland, OR. From Southern California, the Pizza Port breweries and Alpine Brewing will bring their beers.

The price is $15 and includes five taster glasses, barbecue, live music, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Info: 510-886-8525 or www.the-bistro.com.

If you can’t make the Bistro (and you should, if possible), then Toronado proprietor David Keene plans a wet hop fest on Saturday, Nov. 5, beginning at 11:30 a.m. til closing: Toronado, 547 Haight, San Francisco, www.toronado.com

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