I'm going to milk this month of fresh hops for all it's worth. Partly because I love fresh-hop beer; partly because I don't have time to generate original content for you.
A commenter on the Fresh Hop Map said:
I sense the level of confusion rising between fresh hop (freshly dried hops) and wet hop (freshly picked hops).
Some people might be confused about this, but those of us who have tasted the delights of Fresh Hop beers are not confused. Hops that have been dried are not fresh.
What the hell is a "wet hop"? A hop that slipped and fell in the bathtub? A hop that got rained on? If you've ever touched a hop on the vine, it's not wet, in fact it's kind of papery and rough like a cat's tongue. But it isn't wet like a fresh tomato or a fresh berry.
If there's any damn confusion, it might stem from Sierra Nevada, who promotes their Southern Hemisphere Harvest thusly: "the fresh hops in this beer are dried right after being picked" (emphasis mine). Are you kidding me? Do you consider beef jerky to be fresh? Dried apples? Evaporated milk? Powdered garlic? Let's put this another way: what other dried item do you think of as fresh?
Fresh hops have not been dried. Accept no substitutes.
More ranting at the bottom of this post.