Posted October 10, 2018

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.

BeerHop(s)Hop Farm
Manantler Craft Brewing Belgian Harvest Ale
ArthurBickle Farm Valley Hops
Innocente Brewing Wet HopRakauTavistock Hop Co.
River Road Brewing Huron HarvestCascade, Centennial, ChinookOwn
Wellington Brewery Ice Eater Chinook Pale AleChinookHayhoe Hops
The Second Wedge Brewing Back Forty Wet-Hopped Pale AleChinook, Cascade6th Hops Farm
Collective Arts Brewing Wet Hop Wheat AleChinookClear Valley Hops
Perth Brewery Cascader InvaderCascade
Granite Brewery Harvest Rye Pale AleChinookVQH Farms
William Street Beer Co. Harvest AleCascadeBickle Farm Valley Hops
Concession Road Brewing Wet Work IPA
Cascade, CashmereMcConkey Farms Hop Co.
Chronicle Brewing Field Trippin’ Wet Hopped Harvest AleCascadeBickle Farms Valley Hops
Amsterdam Brewing Autumn HopCascadeClear Valley Hops
Elora Brewing Harvest Session IPAChinook, CascadeCan Aussi Farms
Great Lakes Brewery Wet Behind the Ears Wet-Hopped IPAChinook, CascadeVQH Farms
Whiprsnapr Brewing OV Ottawa Valley Wet Hopped Pale AleSuper Alpha, NewportOttawa Valley Hops
Chapter Two Brewing Wet Hopped Pale AleCascadeVarious
555 Brewing Harvest Jury Harvest AleChinook, CascadePleasant Valley Hops
Together We’re Bitter Co-operative Brewing Bitter Harvest Wet Hop IPACascade, CentennialTavistock Hop Co.
Breakwall Brewery Hip Hop Harvest AleHip Hopyard
Sawdust City Brewing Fruits of Eden Fresh Hop Pale AleChinookVQH Farms
Stone City Ales Locals Only Pale AleChinook, CentennialPleasant Valley Hops
Sons of Kent Brewing Backyards Wet Hop Pale AleCascade, Chinook, Centennial, Southern CrossBackyard
Rhythm & Brews Brewing Chinook me all Night Long Wet Hopped SaisonChinookCraig Shindler Estates
Whiprsnapr Brewing Harvest Inukshuk Wet Hopped Canadian IPACascade, CentennialOttawa Valley Hops
Steel Wheel Brewery Fresh Hop Pale AleCashmereSteel Wheel Brewery
Upper Thames Brewing’s Drop it Like it’s Hops Harvest AleCentennialTavistock Hop Co.

Updates ongoing

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.

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