This is, admittedly, a rather cheesy way to get together a free workforce, but in southern Ontario people voluntarily get out of bed in the wee hours to harvest frozen grapes destined for icewine — all for the experience and a bottle of the nectar-like liquid — so why not bribe hop-pickers with beer, says I?
Simple Earth Hops in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, is hosting a hop harvest party on Saturday, August 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Included in your hop picking adventure is hop education, hopyard tours and a sampling of local beers, followed by a community potluck at the end of it all.
Details and registration info is available over here. It might be a hot and sweaty way to spend a Saturday, but it will almost certainly also be a unique experience.