Thirst-quenching: A local beer to spend some time with

Beer: Circle of Wet Hops

From: Burning Beard

Why: Late summer and early fall, freshly harvested hops are rushed to breweries to make wet hop beers. Circle is made with 100 pounds of just-plucked Cascade hops from Ramona’s Star B Ranch.

Geeking out: 5.2% alcohol by volume, 45 international bittering units.

Seeking out: Now on tap at the brewery’s tasting room in El Cajon.

Inside info: Burning Beard and Julian’s Nickel Beer are collaborating on another wet hop beer this season, Room 101, featuring Neo-Mexicanus hops.

Burning Beard, 785 Vernon Way, El Cajon, burningbeardbrewing.com

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