A few days after attending a show at the Orange Peel to see Toad the Wet Sprocket, the owner of Green Man Brewing had the idea of create a beer to celebrate the bands’ 25th Anniversary. After a few conversations with head brewer John Stuart, Toad the Wet Hopped Ale was born.
The beer, obviously inspired by the band’s name, is wet hopped. Head Brewer John Stuart and and Assistant Brewer Kyle McKenzie brewed this luscious ale with wet Simcoe, Centennial, Mosaic and Citra hops. The hops were specifically chosen for their characteristics, giving the final result a decidedly Earthy, piney, flavor with subtle a hints of Stone fruit, giving it a bright freshness of hop flavor unique to harvest ales.
Wet-hopped beers offer a freshness that comes with using freshly picked hops and being able to play with the hops in a unique way, but you have to make sure to use the hops within the first few days of harvesting before they start to loose freshness. To the best of our knowledge, the beer was not Sprocketed.
Toad the Wet Hopped Ale will be released at 5:30 pm on Friday October 24th at Green Man Brewing’s Dirty Jack’s Taproom at 23 Buxton Ave. Nancy Joyce, the artist that painted the label, will also be on hand to discuss her work. The beer is available on draft and in 750ml bottles.
What: Toad the Wet Hop Ale Release
Where: Green Man Brewing, 23 Buxton Ave Asheville, NC.
When: 5:30 pm, Friday, October 24, 2014