One of the most exciting events on any ale lover's calendar has to be the annual Fresh Hop festival. This year it's back with a new and improved format that will mean more beer and more fun for all who attend. The Lumsden Freehouse, Brewers Co-operative, Brothers Beer, Vultures Lane and Galbraith's Alehouse are all taking part, each pouring a unique wet hopped beer that has been brewed specially for the festival.
There will be two buses on hand to ferry attendants between the bars on the day and you can be sure that some of the country's best breweries will be involved. For those new to craft— fresh hopped beer is made using the flavour-filled flowers plucked fresh off the Humulus Lupulus plant. In 99 percent of beers these are dried first, but when they're popped into a brew within 24 hours of plucking they impart beautiful floral, grassy and oily flavours and aromas unique to fresh hopped beers.