|Courtesy Surly Brewing Company|
|WET, a new wet-hopped dank IPA|
Local hopheads are looking forward to Surly's 6th annual SurlyFest
this Saturday, September 21. If you didn't manage to snag tickets to the sold out event, you can still head to the Surly taproom to get a taste of their newest release, Surly WET, a special IPA that is this week's Beer of the Week.
"WET is extremely limited this year," says Linda Haug, director of restaurant operations for Surly. "Many of the bars and other outlets that received it on Monday and Tuesday of this week are already sold out."
WET is on tap in Surly's taproom starting this Wednesday until it sells out. The new brew is made from fresh-picked Centennial and Cascade hops.
"This year we used hops that were grown in Michigan, but in years past we used hops from out west," says Haug. "Two of the women co-owners of Hop Head Farms drove them out themselves, and the hops were in process within 15 hours of being picked."
With ten pounds of wet hops per barrel, this resinous and dank IPA is unique in more ways than one.
"The nature of this beer is that it will vary from year to year," Haug says. "Not only in that the hop varieties change, [but also that] growing conditions vary, producing different flavor profiles and, this year, an entirely different terroir."
The brewery is already looking forward to planning its next Darkness Day, Saturday, October 26th, when they will release the Russian imperial stout.
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