Monthly Archives: March 2017

Who sets hop prices – Part 1

Events unfolding in 2017 will determine the course for hop prices for the next generation. In the past growers, merchants and brewers always traveled a well-worn path. When standing at a similar crossroads, they followed the animal spirit. That path leads to boom and bust cycles. It is a path that brings shortage causing skyrocketing […]

The crisis that can destroy the hop industry

The March 1 Hop Stocks report collected by the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistical Service (USDA NASS) is typically not fully appreciated by anybody and therefore only given a cursory glance. In 2017, however, this is very likely the most significant report you will read until harvest numbers are released. Hidden in […]

Why homebrewers pay more for hops

A comment regarding homebrew shops from a friend on Facebook inspired this blog. I thought rather than answering his question in Facebook it would be worthwhile to share the answer with everybody since it applies not just to homebrew shops, but to everybody who buys hops. Enjoy!
 

” …. specifically for home brewers. 3.00/ounce for some varieties in the […]

How to know the weakest hop companies from the strong ones

Now is the time of year when hop growers and merchants are digging roots and planting new hop fields. The past few years brought with them the longest running bull market in the hop industry. That market created strengths and weaknesses in a lot of companies. Unfortunately, that type of money facilitates a lot of careless mistakes […]

Azacca® Hops – Spotlight

The American Dwarf Hop Association released the Azacca® hop variety several years ago as one of their first forays into the proprietary aroma hop market. Don’t let the word proprietary scare you in this case. Access is not an issue with Azacca®. Supplies are managed responsibly to meet all the demand out there, not intentionally creating shortage […]

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Hopi Luwak™ – The Ridiculous New Hop Innovation

47Hops is pleased to announce the newest and most proprietary product to hit the hop industry … ever … Hopi Luwak™. This revolutionary new product is an all-natural and fully renewable hop pellet sure to create a movement in the brewing industry. We produce Hopi Luwak™ sustainably because we care about the environment.
Hopi Luwak™ comes from […]

Is a great shakeout coming?

Last week, CNBC published an article about Boston Beer and the coming great shakeout of the craft industry. It may feel like a great shakeout to the corporate craft breweries at the top of the heap, like Boston Beer. They and the largest craft breweries enjoyed hockey stick growth the past 6-7 years. Today, they more […]