Fresh hops are temperamental things. Hops growers have about 24 hours to get them from the field to the drying kiln before they start showing signs of spoiling. But if you can instead
get them into a batch of beer within that 24-hour window...well, then you get a seasonal treat above all others. Hops harvest around the country is almost over, which means special brewery releases of fresh-hopped beers will be hitting store shelves any day now.