Category Archives: Harvest Reports

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 […]

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 many […]

You would think times are good in the hop industry with prices at their current level. Hop growers are rock stars. People buy beers with the names of hop varieties on the label just because they love that variety. Being involved in any way in the hop industry makes you instantly the person with the […]

Visiting with other hop merchants, brewers and growers over the years, quite a few people have asked me about Cascades grown in other parts of the world. Cascades seem to grow everywhere.  I think it’s the gateway American aroma hop variety for new growers and brewers. If somebody thinks they want to grow hops they […]

Have you heard about the 2015 European hop shortage?  I’d be surprised if you had unless you follow our blog regularly and read our blog back in July when we warned this was coming.  Unless you’re in the hop industry … even if you’re a brewer … nobody around you is talking about the fact that […]

Washington State hop growers have long enjoyed an unfair advantage over hop growers around the world. More often than not, however, it has been more of a curse than a blessing. That advantage has been the ability to plant and produce a crop in the same year. It may sound like a great advantage. In […]

Last week the USDA released the U.S. acreage strung for harvest statistics.  What do they show?  They show a huge migration toward proprietary varieties, some of which, as I have discussed in previous blogs, are locked down and controlled by only a few people.  That’s a trend that should concern every brewer if they don’t […]