A first-of-its-kind Albany beer festival celebrating the use of freshly harvested hops in the brewing process will take place on Saturday. Organisers of Sou’Wet are describing it as a “fresh hop jamboree”, with the inaugural event set to attract brewers from the Great Southern, Esperance, the South West and Perth. Great Southern Hops’ Aaron Alexander said the idea behind Sou’Wet was to encourage more interest in wet hop brewing, which uses freshly harvested rather than dried hops. “They can be a lot more delicate, a lot more subtle, a lot more rounded and you get a wider range of flavours,” he said. “It’s very unique, it’s not that big juicy hop bomb you get with dry pellets.” He said brewers had a narrow window of opportunity to use fresh as they can not be transported and have to be brewed locally. “In order to get a fresh hop beer they are picked and within 24 hours they are in the brew,” he said. “Basically there is a once-in-a-year opportunity for brewers to use fresh hops and once that opportunity goes you have to use dry or pelletised hops. “To have an event celebrating those beers and having them all on tap is amazing really.” The event, hosted by Etties Brewing and the White Star Hotel, will showcase fresh hop brews from Lucky Bay Brewing, Artisan Brewing, Boston Brewing and Wine Thief with the beers featuring hops grown by Great Southern Hops at Youngs Siding. Etties Brewing product manager Will Marwick said he was always keen to support hyper-local initiatives. “We’ve got the venue, we’ve got the brewery and we’ve got the kegs so it’s nice to be able to help facilitate that,” he said. “It will be great to build a sense of community around the beers because it’s nice to give people insight into what they’re drinking if they’re curious. “Not many people really know what hops are so it’s nice to provide that opportunity. “You either create curiosity or you satisfy it.” Sou’Wet will run from 2pm to 6pm at White Star Hotel on Saturday.