yesterday I remembered that it was wet hop night at toronado, so AP and I met up with CB, TB, and DW over there to enjoy some great brews.
- toronado really needs no introduction – it is an SF classic, a long-standing beer bar that has supported the craft beer scene for decades.
- the place was definitely crowded, but not at capacity (unlike their signature event, the annual barleywine festival). the lone bartender was grinding through over half a dozen patrons at the bar, but it didn’t take long before I had a pint in my hands.
- we also managed to score a table not too soon thereafter, and when I saw AP enter the room with an armful of heaping plastic trays from rosamunde, I knew the planets were in alignment.
- between our group, we managed to try a significant number of the available wet hop varieties. CB and DW had started with moonlight’s greenbud, and from there we moved on to port’s high tide harvest, speakeasy’s wet hop big daddy IPA, dempsey’s 707 harvest, and sierra nevada’s wet hop harvest.
- all of them were great – port’s offering was the crowd favorite, but I personally preferred the big daddy, it had a little more malt backbone, but the wet hop aroma and mild bitterness held up to it.
- the kicker? taking a cue from magnolia’s wet hop event, toronado had all wet hop pints at $3. I felt like I had just popped out of a time machine.
- I love toronado, especially during events like this, but for a casual visit I recommend going during the early afternoon on a weekend to avoid the crowds. I also recommend giving memphis minnie’s a shot if you’re not feeling sausages for take out.