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Old 09-28-2007, 08:00 PM   #1


For anyone who likes or wants to try this year's release of Two Brother's Brewing's Heavy Handed IPA, there is a bit of a twist this year.

For those who aren't familiar, they use fresh 'wet' hops in this beer. It is one of my favorite yearly IPAs. This year, the lot #'s correspond to the type of hop that particular beer was 'wet hopped' with. It is as follows:

Lot # 2517: Willamette:
Lot # 2617 Cluster

Pretty cool, huh?



 
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:16 PM   #2
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Gotta ask, what's "wet" hopping?



 
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:47 PM   #3
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I look forward to it every year. I picked up a six-pack of the Cluster lot last weekend. I haven't run into the Willamette yet. Maybe I'll stop on my way home tonight and see if anyone has it.

A really nicely balanced IPA.


Did you see that they're putting Cane & Ebel out in 12 oz six packs in a few months? Awesome.
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Old 09-28-2007, 09:10 PM   #4
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Gotta ask, what's "wet" hopping?
Using fresh-of-the-vine hops. Most hops used in beer are dried first these aren't.

 
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Old 09-28-2007, 09:57 PM   #5

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... Did you see that they're putting Cane & Ebel out in 12 oz six packs in a few months? Awesome.
Yeah, I did! I love that stuff. They use Thai palm sugar in it. I just used some in a winter lager I did Labor Day weekend that is still conditioning.

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Using fresh-of-the-vine hops. Most hops used in beer are dried first these aren't.
Yep. Usually done in the last 15 or less mins. of the boil as aroma hops. In the same beer I mentioned brewing above on Labor Day, my fiancee and I added four ounces of Cascade hops we'd plucked from my plants while the wort was boiling. We added black peppercorns and coriander, too.

We were going for a real radical lager!


 
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Old 09-28-2007, 11:08 PM   #6
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I wish I could get some of that beer out here. I guess I am going to have to grow my own hops...

 
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Old 09-29-2007, 02:05 AM   #7
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So how does wet hopping affect flavor?

 
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:08 PM   #9
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They have a few more lots out now:

Lot 2547 - Willamette
Lot 2617 - Cluster
Lot 2687 -Centennial
Lot 2847 - Baby Cascade

I'm planning on stopping in for a few pints at Map Room tomorrow night:

Two Brothers Heavy-Handed IPA Tasting and Party
Wednesday, October 3
7-9 pm

Make sure and join us at Map Room on the 4th to celebrate the seasonal release of Two Brothers Heavy-Handed India Pale Ale (6.2%), brewed to celebrate the harvesting of the hops every year. Within hours of the harvest, the brewers add freshly-picked "wet hops" to this IPA. And since the hops have not been dried before use, they add a wonderful character found in no other beer. Fresh hops definitely taste better!

Drop by during the evening for special promotions, including a free Heavy-Handed glass with your beer purchase.
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Old 10-04-2007, 02:51 PM   #10
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Map Room was great last night. We had a couple of 20 oz. Heavy Handed IPAs hand pumped from a cask. $5 each and you got to keep the nice Heavy Handed glass.

Also, Cane & Ebel is the beer of the month at Map Room this month. $3.50 a pint on tap. I'll definitely be heading back over there before month's end.


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