Sprechers Traveling Beer Garden to have live hop cones for beer consumers

Green hop cones will be harvested Saturday at 9 a.m. at The Domes and will be whisked off to the Traveling Beer Garden at Juneau Park where they will be used to infuse a finished beer for the 11 a.m. opening.

“The delicate flavors of hops prior to any commercial processing are something to be experienced,” said Jeff Hamilton, President of Sprecher Brewing Company. “Hints of fresh chlorophyll and subtle flavors of the hop resins are brought out by this method of infusion. The flavor is quite different from the more traditional boiling and dry hopping of a brew.”

Sprecher Brewing Company Founder Randy Sprecher will harvest the cones in a brief ceremony at the Show Dome display. From there, the hops will be taken directly to the Traveling Beer Garden where Sprecher will place the cones in the randall and tap the first beer. 

The Traveling Beer Garden stop is located at Juneau Park, at the intersection of Kilbourn and Prospect avenues. Hours of the holiday weekend are Friday from 4-10 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The last beer is served at 9 p.m. Labor Day is the last day of the Traveling Beer Garden. 

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