The way my grandfather tells it, each and every fall he skipped the first few months of school to work in Kent picking hops. The truth of this story notwithstanding, his hard work tales are the reason I know when hops are harvested.

Two Brothers Brewing Company, of Warrenville, Illinios, know just how to honor hops. The way they put it, “Heavy-Handed IPA is brewed to celebrate the harvesting of the hops every year. Within moments of harvest we add freshly picked “Wet Hops” to this IPA. Since the hops have not been dried before use, they add a wonderful character found in no other beer. A hop lovers dream.”

My own brother, something of a beer expert, says, “wet hop beers are the tits.” I wonder if Two Brothers bests Victory’s Hop Devil.

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