Worthy Kicks Off Hoptember Fest with Fresh Wet Hop Infused Fun
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:55:00
All right hop lovers, huddle up.
It’s harvest time at Worthy. Our biergarten and hopyards are loaded with big, fluffy, bright green cones that are bursting with flavor. They’re as big as beehives and you can almost hear the lupulin glands inside buzzing to bust out.
We’re going to set free these glorious sacks of hop oil, starting tonite. Starting with tonite’s mini-harvest from our biergarten. If you have ever pondered what your already hopgrageously spiced Worthy Pale or IPA would taste like if you dropped a freshly plucked wet hop in it, here’s your chance.
It’s going to go down like this. We’ve got 10 varieties of organically grown hops flourishing on the perimeter of our biergarten. At around 5pm, we’ll pluck a few dozen cones from a single variety (e.g., Centennial, Cascades, or Horizon). We’ll knock off any bugs that are visible to the naked eye (although in many countries they are edible!).
We’ll then break the cone open down the middle where unfolded you can see and snort our darling little sticky yellow glands of glory. Why the hop vivisection? Well, first, it’s cool to look at the wellspring of hop flavor. The flavor and aroma of hops are packed inside these potent yellow pods.
Second, nature designed the hop cone to protect it’s sweet nectar from the ravages of heat, rain, pests and mildews. By exposing the glands, beer brewers and now you have the chance to maximize the contact between your beer and the fun bags. Science has measured over 250 oils in many hop varieties (and there might be more). Some oils taste like grapefruit, others like sandalwood, others like licorice. What flavors will you notice?
That’s the everlasting and intriguing ponderable. What difference, if any, will you detect? Forgive me for going full geek here, but truly the best way to measure any difference is to compare the test sample with the baseline assay (is he saying buy two pints?). Try an already wonderfully hopped Worthy IPA or Pale first and inventory the flavors. Then order the same beer but douse it with a wet, unkiln dried, unprocessed fresh hop.