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Wet Hop Fest This Saturday at the Toronado

By William Brand
Thursday, October 25th, 2007 at 7:32 am in Uncategorized.

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The Toronado in San Francisco is having its wet hop festival this Saturday and if you like the idea of beers made with just-harvested hops, here’s an occasion to try some of the best.

One interesting note. Proprietor David Keene says five wet hop beers from San Diego County won’t be available because the fires down there have made it too chaotic to ship beer.

Toronado LogoOne note from me. Be sure to try Sierra Nevada’s Harvest Ale. It’s dynamite. This is the first time they’ve bottled this fresh hop beer. I tried it and loved it at the Bistro’s Wet Hop Fest two weeks ago in Hayward. Tried it again the other night, it’s mellowed a bit and the malt and hops are beginning to blend. Can’t wait to try some others to see if the same thing’s happened to the others.

Another one to check is Moylan’s Wet Hopsickle. The regular Hopsickle won a gold medal in the double IPA category at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver earlier this month.

Anyway, the fest starts at 11:30 a.m. There’s no admission charge, just buy your beer. Hint: Go for small glasses, many of these beers are high octane.

Here are the beers lined up now, although I’m sure there will be more by Saturday:
Deschutes Hop Trip, Drakes Harvest Ale, Bear Republic Confiscation, Beach Chalet Hop Patootie, 21 st Amendment Harvest Moon, Half Moon Bay Green Gold, Blue Frog Last Hop Standing, Moonlight Brewing Co Sublimminal, Moonlight Brewing Greenbud Chinnook, Moonlight Brewing Greenbud Cascade, Sierra Nevada 20th Street Ale, Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, Marin Wet Hop Cask IPA, Moylans Wet Hopsickle.

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