Scott holds the tart cherries in one hand and old, dried hop flowers in the other. These hops contribute very little flavor and aroma (none, really) and are only used as a preservative. The hops are from the 2000 harvest - when they were cheap.
We stemmed four boxes that night, leaving the rest for Scott and his crew. In all there were more than 500 pounds of cherries processed.
Scott has been doing this for several days.They are a pretty fruit, but not a cherry you want to eat on its own - very dry and tart.
Is there a better way to celebrate such an event than an old bottle of New Glarus' Belgian Red? Check out that bottle, it's been around for a long time in Scott's cellar. It was exceptional.
It wasn't all work. Scott was showing us how much air was in the yeast from a beer he was filtering. If you don't think it's funny, I suppose you had to be there.