Hop Yard

Often referred to as “the spice of beer”, hops are best fresh and with minimal handling.

Our Hop Yard has 8 variates of plants with 25 plant sites, each providing 2 vines.  Vines grow up to 30 feet in a growing season once established.

Hop Yard Established 2012 with these four varieties:  [Rhizomes and varietal information were provided by Nichols Garden Nursery]

5%-6% alpha. Used in pale ales and porters.

A Fuggle cross, aroma type, spicy and pungent. Adds flavor and aroma to light, American type lagers, pale ales and porters.  Some mildew resistance.

Mt. Hood:
3.5-5% alpha. Excellent for German styles.

A Hallertauer hybrid, pleasant aroma. Developed at the OSU Hop Research station, Corvallis, OR.

12% alpha. Used in ales, stouts and IPAs.

Produces an abundance of very tight 1.5” cones, our best producer with the most pounds per vine for 2012 along with the largest cones!]

3.5-4.5% alpha.  Often found in English style ales.

A Fuggles type hybrid for English style ales. A fine finishing or all purpose hop, spicy aroma, disease resistant.

New Hops established March 2013

Magnum Hop:
14% alpha.  Great for German styles.

German variety; high bitters and exceptionally large cones make this a good choice for brewers. Vigorous, disease resistant vines.

Brewers Gold:
8-10% alpha.  Commercially grown in Spain and Belgium.

Mildly bitter hops with overtones of spice and fruit.  Heirloom. 1919 Seedling selection from a wild hop growing at Morden, Manitoba.  Was the main commercial variety in Oregon until 1985.  Ancestor of most high-alpha hops around the world. Light green foliage, heavy producer.

Sunbeam Golden:
4-5% alpha.  Suitable for pilsners.

A Saaz hybrid with briliant yellow foliage.  Aromatic cones.  Grow in filtered light or semi shade as foliage may brown in full sun.  Grown in England as an ornamental in perennial borders.

Kent Golding:
5-7% alpha.  English style ales and lagers.

A traditional variety having the most typical English aroma with a fine flavor. Used for traditional ales and lagers when a delicate aroma is desired.

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