Wet-hopped beer is the ultimate in seasonal and local brews. It is made from fresh hops picked right off the bine in order to capture the aromatic hop flavor when it is most potent. The tricky part is fresh hops have virtually no shelf life, so brewers must spring into action as soon as the hops have reached maturity and begin the wet-hop brewing process within hours of harvest. Since the hop harvest usually happens between August and September and the beer needs to sit for a few weeks before it is ready to drink, October is the best time to enjoy a fresh wet-hop brew.
Learn more about the wet-hop brewing process and how to easily infuse your own beer with fresh hops in the following excerpt from The Hop Grower's Handbook by Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring