[Big thanks to our buddy Chip for providing his first write-up for MNBeer! -ra]
Hopheads, beware. Surly Brewing Company has really gone and done it this time. Last week, the brewery got a fresh delivery of 1,400 lbs. of fresh wet hops (Centennials and Chinooks according to the boxes I saw) from Washington state. And they all went into ONE beer. One 50 lbs. bag at a time. They’re calling this hop monster ‘Surly Wet.’
It took much of the day for head brewer Todd Haug to get all those beautiful babies into a the kettle for steeping and owner Omar Ansari says it took until well past midnight to get them all back out.
Surly Wet is a juicy lupy American IPA. It’s expected to hit taps sometime in October either before or after the American Homebrewers Association Rally, which takes place at the brewery on October 10th. If you love hops, make it a point to track this one down. It will not be canned.
Brewer Todd Haug and Owner Omar Ansari buddy up to dump a 50 lbs. bag of hops into the kettle for steeping.
A look inside the kettle with only 500 of the eventual 1,400 lbs. of hops.