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Don’t Miss The Bistro Wet Hop Festival Saturday

By William Brand
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006 at 5:57 pm in Uncategorized.

I’ve got a lot more Great American Beer Festival interviews and news to post. But first – this late-breaking news:The Bistro, 1001 B. St., Hayward, CA,(510) 886-8525, is holding a “wet hop’ tasting session this Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. There’ll be at least 20 wet hop beers on tap, many accompanied by the brewers who made them. No admission charge, rent the glass for $5, return it, you get your glass back. Tastings, which are large, are $2 each.

What, you ask, is a wet hop? It’s a just-harvested hop and they’re wet, in that they’ve not been dried or baled or pelletized. This is beer made with the freshest, possible hops and brewers go to great lengths to use the freshest: special trucks coming straight from the hop field to the brewery.

I believe that’s true with Sierra Nevada, Chico, which will have two beers on tap: Sierra Nevada Harvest and 20th Street, named after the street where their taproom is located.


Hop vines in front of Moonlight Brewing. The
beer made from these hops will be on tap this
Saturday at The Bistro in Hayward, CA.

Others, include beers from Moonlight, Sonoma County. Brewer Brian Hunt makes Homegrown/Greenbud Ale, made with hops he grew himself in front of his brewry. Is that right? Believe so. Loved this beer last year; it’s 6.2 percent; the hops – like in most of these beers – are aromatic, not bitter.

Big hop nose,but great malt-hop balance in the taste and follow.

Other beers present include one from Bear Republic Healdsburg, the brewery that won nearly everything at the Great American Beer Festival this past weekend.

Healdsburg, the brewery that won nearly everything at the Great American Beer Festival this past weekend.

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