After a year hiatus, one of Surly Brewing Co.’s most popular seasonal releases is back.
According to a post on the the Minneapolis, Minn.-based brewery’s website, it is bringing back Wet, a 7.5 IPA that is brewed with different hops every year. This year, the IPA incorporates simcoe hops from the Yakima region of Washington along with 2-row, acidulated and carafoam malts and English yeast. Although the 2012 version also used 100 percent simcoe hops, other incarnations of the beer have used various other hops, including citra in 2011 and a mix of cascade and centennial in 2013.
“Our 2015 Wet hops were picked in the Pacific Northwest on a Sunday, packed into vented and stackable bins, loaded into a refrigerated trailer and arrived at our loading dock the following Tuesday ready to impart their aromatic oils into the beer in a way dried or processed hop pellets can’t,” explains a post on the Surly website. “Brewing Wet takes a massive amount of teamwork and coordination. Beginning at 6am, WET dominated the production schedule, requiring 10 people to orchestrate the brewing cycle around the clock for four days.”
Wet was first released in 2009, and had been released every fall since that date before last year, when production was delayed by a year due to the building of a new brewery. This year’s total production was 600 bbls that used 6,000 lbs of simcoe hops.
According to the brewery, Wet is packaged in 16-ounce cans and is being shipped to retailers in its distribution footprint starting today.