09/06/15 11:13am
Matt Spitz, co-owner of Moustache Brewery, picking hops

Matt Spitz, co-owner of Moustache Brewery, picking hops. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)

It’s harvest time on the North Fork. And while that means produce like fruits, vegetables and wine grapes are ripe for the picking, it’s also time to reap fresh hops for beer making.

This time of year is when local breweries make beers using the “wet hop” method. The process involves taking hops fresh off the bine (that’s what hop vines are called) and using them within 24 hours of being picked. (more…)