Wet-hopped beer releases – Harvest 2018
Hop harvest in Ontario typically runs annually from early August to early September, depending on the variety, according to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
An onslaught of beer releases typically follows, using these freshly picked, whole cone hops – ideally used the same day they’re picked. The rest are kiln-dried, compacted into pellets, packaged, and are available throughout the year.
The Ontario Hop Growers’ Association now lists almost 90 commercial hop farms across the province, specializing in hop varities such as Hallertauer, Cascade, Centennial, Chinnok, Sterling, Crystal, Bertwell, Galena, and more.
Here’s a list of fresh-hopped (also referred to as wet-hopped) beer releases out now; new releases will be added at the top as they become available – so bookmark this post! All releases are available at the respective brewery only.
|Granite Brewery Harvest Rye Pale Ale||Chinook||VQH Farms|
|William Street Beer Co. Harvest Ale||Bickle Farm Valley Hops|
|Concession Road Brewing Wet Work IPA|
|Cascade, Cashmere||McConkey Farms Hop Co.|
|Chronicle Brewing Field Trippin’ Wet Hopped Harvest Ale||Cascade||Bickle Farms Valley Hops|
|Amsterdam Brewing Autumn Hop||Cascade||Clear Valley Hops|
|Elora Brewing Harvest Session IPA||Chinook, Cascade||Can Aussi Farms|
|Great Lakes Brewery Wet Behind the Ears Wet-Hopped IPA||Chinook, Cascade||VQH Farms|
|Whiprsnapr Brewing OV Ottawa Valley Wet Hopped Pale Ale||Super Alpha, Newport||Ottawa Valley Hops|
|Chapter Two Brewing Wet Hopped Pale Ale||Cascade||Various|
|555 Brewing Harvest Jury Harvest Ale||Chinook, Cascade||Pleasant Valley Hops|
|Together We’re Bitter Co-operative Brewing Bitter Harvest Wet Hop IPA||Cascade, Centennial||Tavistock Hop Co.|
|Breakwall Brewery Hip Hop Harvest Ale||Hip Hopyard|
|Sawdust City Brewing Fruits of Eden Fresh Hop Pale Ale||Chinook||VQH Farms|
|Stone City Ales Locals Only Pale Ale||Chinook, Centennial||Pleasant Valley Hops|
|Sons of Kent Brewing Backyards Wet Hop Pale Ale||Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Southern Cross||Backyard|
|Rhythm & Brews Brewing Chinook me all Night Long Wet Hopped Saison||Chinook||Craig Shindler Estates|
|Whiprsnapr Brewing Harvest Inukshuk Wet Hopped Canadian IPA||Cascade, Centennial||Ottawa Valley Hops|
|Steel Wheel Brewery Fresh Hop Pale Ale||Cashmere||Steel Wheel Brewery|
|Upper Thames Brewing’s Drop it Like it’s Hops Harvest Ale||Centennial||Tavistock Hop Co.|
Also check out the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition – this yearly event pairs brewers and hop growers together to produce a specialty beer using only local hops.