No, we’re not talking about the joyful act of lubricating up your finger with a liberal amount of saliva and jamming it into an unsuspecting victim’s ear. As amusing as it is, this kind of Wet Willie is much more enjoyable. Wet Willie is the name of our most recent incarnation and our very first ‘specialty batch’, a wet hop harvest ale.
Hops that are typically used in beer have been dried, pulverised, formed into pellets and vacuum sealed as an attempt to maintain as much freshness as possible. A wet hop ale uses hops that have not being dried, instead have been freshly picked and used in the beer as quickly as possible. That way they maintain all their fresh moisture and lovely sticky oils that dissipate and change when dried. The result is a delicious resinous hop character that cannot be replicated in any other way. Our hops went from bine to beer in less than 24 hrs. Cascade and Chinook hops were used that were sourced from our very own plantation in Timboon. Even more exciting is the fact that we will be releasing this beer at the Great Australian Beer Spectapular (GABS) this May during Good Beer Week. Without giving too much away the beer features Belgian Special B malt, Rye malt, a butt load of fresh wet hops and weighs in at around 7% abv.
We’ve attached some photos of the brew day which was an absolute blast. If you haven’t yet, do yourself a favour make sure you grab some tickets to GABS, it’s sure to epic.
Until next time
The moist ears from 7 cent