Monthly Archives: October 2016

Why 2016 hops should go to the landfill

The hop market exists in a perpetual state of imbalance. It never finds the sweet spot of equilibrium where supply equals demand causing a never-ending series of boom and bust cycles. Every cycle is different, of course. I have a book written in 1828 in London about the history of the hop industry that goes back […]

Hop Harvest 2016 – Half Time Report

EACH DAY BETTER THAN THE NEXT!   That sums up the 2016 hop harvest in Germany and the U.S. The weather we mentioned in our previous blog Hop Harvest 2016: What to Expect would become problematic has been a nightmare for growers. Weather has affected yields of aroma and alpha varieties. Two full weeks of hop harvest remain for […]

How to lower hop prices!

For the past two months, I’ve been hearing how everybody is waiting to buy hops until after harvest so they can get lower prices. To some extent, that’s normal at this time of year. This year, however, I think the copious articles running since spring touting the fact that there will be a record crop […]