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Top 5 Disasters that Threatened US Hop Production

The Pacific Northwest grows over 99% of all hops in the United States. The US is also the number one producer of hops in the world. This means that when disaster strikes the US hop growers, it...

Data Analysis

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Visualizing Differences in Yeast Strains

I do a lot with data on this site. Most of our data-themed articles are surrounding hops, and its for a couple of good reasons. Hops simply have more data around them, and it is usually scattered across multiple sites...

What are Experimental Hops?

Experimental hops are hops that are still working their way through the viability phase of their breeding program. We as brewers are taking advantage of the end result of what is typically a multi-year process. Before...

The Most Popular Hops in Use Today

We are often asked “What are the most popular hops to use?“, and while it is a loaded question that needs qualifiers on beer style, location and personal preference, it is one that can be answered...

Why are Hops so Expensive?

Hops are expensive. They range anywhere from $2.50 per ounce to over $5 for coveted varieties such as Galaxy and Sabro. Certain beer styles – such as New England IPAs – regularly require up to 2 ounces of...

Highest Alpha Acid (AA%) Hops

Alpha acids (α acids) are chemical compounds of the Humulus lupulus (or hop) plant. These acids are found in the resin glands of the flowers of the hop plant and are the source of hop bitterness. Alpha acids mostly...

Highest Cohumulone Hops

The primary bittering components of hops are the three alpha acids: Humulone, Ad-Humulone and Cohumulone. Combined, these three are collectively known as the alpha acid percentage (AA%) of the hop. Cohumulone levels are...

The United States of Beer

The United States of America is a diverse and highly unique country. We often see sharp differences from one state to another (ahem, Red v Blue), and it is no different when looked at through beer goggles. Craft beer...