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What's happening in the world of hops.

NZ HOP HARVEST 2017

The New Zealand Hop Industry production volume for 2017 totalled 760,529 kilograms including 20,705 kilograms as certified organics with the mix of cultivars grown comprising seventeen unique New Zealand varieties as well as six northern types (Table #1). Harvesting commenced under blue skies in mid-February amidst Indian summer conditions with early varieties such as Pacifica and Taiheke being the first bales received into store.

HOP CROP REPORT – NORTHERN HEMISPHERE 2016

2016 Hop Crop Report
Paul Corbett
Managing Director
Charles Faram & Co Ltd

2016 USA HOP HARVEST AT FIVE YEAR HIGH WITH 87.1 MILLION POUNDS OF HOPS

The 2016 hop harvest saw an increase of 8.3 million more pounds, 87.1 million total, of U.S. hops set for brew kettles around the globe.

2016 NORTH HEMISPHERE HOP HARVEST UPDATE

• Regional 2016 Growing Conditions
• Worldwide Acres / Production / Alpha Position
• USA Hop Acres / Market
• Worldwide Hop Availability
• Trends

BRITISH HOP PRODUCTION INCREASES 8%

Hop production has grown dramatically in 2016 — globally. We know demand’s still outstripping production for those specialty varieties (say citra or lemondrop), but farms around the world are growing acreage to meet increasingly picky demand. The British Hop Association dropped us a line the other day announcing that British hop growers have increased acreage by 8 percent in 2016 compared to 2015.

HOPSTEINER PICKS ITS TOP CRAFT BREWING HOPS  

Today, craft beer sales make up more than 12 percent of the U.S. beer market and are expected to increase over the next five years. With craft brewers using generous amounts of hops of all kinds, there is an increased demand for cool, new hop varieties every year. 

GROWING YOUR OWN

Article about "Wild About Hops" on the Beertown web site.

GROWING HOPS

The 4-page Growing Hops fact sheet is part of the Michigan Fresh series on produce. It provides basic information about the important role of hops in beer making and how to grow & harvest hop plants,

HOP FERTILITY: NITROGEN

Proper nitrogen applications and timing is crucial for maximizing hop yields.

UK HOP OZ97a: REJECTED IN 1960 REJOICED IN 2015

“It is our firm belief that there is nothing to stop UK hops equalling or even surpassing the qualities of hop varieties from US, Australia and New Zealand,"  Hop OZ97a has been renamed Ernest after Professor Ernest Salmon who ran the breeding programme at Wye College from 1906 to 1953.

TRAINING HOPS

Properly timing bine training in the spring is crucial for obtaining maximum hop yields and varies by variety and location.

TOP US HOPS FOR JULY 2016

Each month we look at the most popular beer hops being searched for by brewers around the world. Our latest infographic outlines the new top 8 trending hop varieties for the month of July, 2016.

The top 3, Cascade (US), Citra® and Chinook remain largely unchanged from June. These are clearly monsters of the industry and remain unchallenged at the top of the chart. There are some surprising new entries in July though with Simcoe®, Cluster and Centennial making entries for the first time.

HOPLESS PLIGHT: WHY CRAFT BEER IS ABOUT TO GET MORE EXPENSIVE

Fans of craft beers could soon face higher bar bills as small, independent brewers face a potentially serious shortage of a vital ingredient: hops.

Last summer's hot and dry weather blighted the European hop harvest and strong demand for increasingly popular craft beers, which use a lot of hops, is putting small brewers' profit margins under pressure and forcing them to raise their prices.

Prices of some hop varieties have risen by up to 50pc, industry sources say, while industry insiders say others are up to five times more expensive or simply not available.

NEW HOP VARIETY RELEASE: LORAL™ HBC 291

The Hop Breeding Company, a joint venture between John I. Haas and Select Botanicals Group, continues to quench brewers’ insatiable thirst for vibrant hops and bold brews with the release of another exciting new hop variety. After 14 years in the making, LORAL™ Brand HBC 291 cv. has been chosen for its versatility and unique blend of noble and American hop characteristics. Along with its citrus and floral aromas, it is the perfect addition to HBC’s current hop portfolio.

“HBC 291 was selected based upon its noble (floral, citrus, earth, spicy) characteristics combined with its unique dark fruit character—essentially a noble hop with a uniquely American twist. The selection of the variety was supported by pilot brews by several brewers where it was confirmed that the character in the hop aroma is carried through into the brewed beer,” says Jason Perrault, CEO of Select Botanicals Group, LLC.

COMET MAKES A COMEBACK

COMET MAKES A COMEBACK
Comet was selected in 1961 and released in 1974 by the USDA,

Comet was originally utilized for its high alpha acid content and adapability to growing conditions in the Yakima Valley.

Commercial production ceased in the early 1980s in favor of newer super-alpha hops, however, Comet has made a recent comeback, finding favor with some brewers in dual purpose applications for its subtle and unique, "wild American" aroma.

Aroma: Specific aroma descriptors include subtle, "wild American," grassy and grapefruit.

CANADIAN RED VINE MAKES A COMEBACK

A forgotten hop variety is working its way back into the brewing world for two simple reasons: In research trials it has produced 4-5 times as much hops by weight as other varieties, and it grows well in areas outside the ideal 35-55-degree latitude lines.

Canadian Red Vine can be traced back to some of the earliest hop yards in North America, including the first hop yard in the state of New York, which began in Madison County in the early 1800s. The variety, which is believed to be of North American origin, according to researchers familiar with the plant, is known for its vigor and high yields: the exact reason why the hop-hungry brewing industry is looking its way.

NEW ZEALAND HOP HARVEST 2016

The 2016 New Zealand Hop Harvest was completed in early April having started in mid-February. The New Zealand Hop Industry production volume for 2016 was 794,017 kilograms comprising 16 unique New Zealand varieties and 8 northern types with a mix of these totalling 25,220 kilograms produced as certified organics.

BRITISH HOP HARVEST 2015

British Hops are grown in Herefordshire & Worcestershire and in Kent, Surrey, Sussex & Hampshire. The two biggest hop growing regions in the world (Washington State in the USA and Bavaria in Germany) have suffered from prolonged heat-waves and drought this summer which suggests yields may be lower than usual. And it has been dry in the UK too, especially in the South East. The British Hop Association is forecasting an average yielding crop this year.

USA HOP HARVEST TIGHT 

2015 GLOBAL HOP CROP ESTIMATED BY THE INTERNATIONAL HOP GROWERS’ CONVENTION

UK CRAFT BREWERIES SCRAMBLE FOR HOPS AFTER POOR HARVEST. 

SMALL OUTFITS STRUGGLE AS STOCKS DRY UP AND PRICES FOR SOME VARIETIES SOAR

EUROPEAN HOP HARVEST 2015

Everybody has heard about it. 2015 hop harvest has not been good in some regions. While many of us enjoyed the nice weather during the summer, swimming in the beach or even drinking beer, the German hop fields were having a bad time with it. And being fair, who wants to work when the thermometer reaches 35C and above? In spite of an increase in acreage by 540 ha, the official harvest estimation commission’s forecast is down by 25-40% versus a normal crop in Central Europe.

USA HOPS OUTLOOK FOR 2016

As a member of the International Hop Grower’s Convention (IHGC), Hop Growers of America participates in the IHGC preliminary projections for the 2016 growing year: Hop Acreage is increasing yet again at a global level for the third straight year, and for the fourth straight year in the United States.

With demand reaching new heights, largely thanks to increased hop usage in craft beer and the U.S. Brewery count reaching an all-time high, hop growers across the globe have responded with more acreage.

MEET THE NEW HOPS OF 2013

Wondering why that IPA tastes like nothing you've ever had before? It's probably made with one of these trendy hop varieties now sweeping the craft-beer scene.

Here are eight of the newest hops you’ll be hearing about in 2013.

Calypso | Falconer’s Flight | Mosaic | El Dorado | Meridian | Galaxy | Motueka | Riwaka

NEW HOP VARIETIES 2011

New hop varieties are being bred all the time. How do they get from birth to your beer? Find out and get to know five new varieties of hops for your homebrew.

We homebrewers love our hops. Whether they blast our palates with citrus, fruit and bitterness or tempt our taste buds with flowers and subtlety, hops are the spice of our beers and of our lives. But few of us realize the hurdles that new hops must face before reaching our brewpots.

The explosion in interest for craft beers in the United States is fueling a search for new and interesting varieties. American beer lovers are enjoying new beers and beer styles that could only have been dreamed of just a decade or so ago. And that’s where our journey begins.

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