Category Archives: Varieties

Cluster Hops – Spotlight

Cluster is THE O.G. American hop variety. It is a public variety, not proprietary. People didn’t own hop varieties back when this variety came along like they do today. Cluster dates back to the late 19th and early 20th century (and probably even before that) when all beer was craft and local because there wasn’t any alternative. Some speculate […]

Innovation lacking in the hop industry

Innovation is something the hop industry really hasn’t figured out yet. Sure, there are new varieties coming out of every orifice of the hop industry these days. There are so many that it’s becoming difficult for growers to manage them all. The mind-numbing flow of new varieties continues. Once you start the variety-producing machine it’s […]

More new hop varieties! Why now?

It’s fun to see so much excitement and passion around new hop varieties! 47Hops sells open source proprietary varieties, like Pekko™ and Azacca® for example, but we haven’t created any ourselves yet. A new variety, in and of itself, is a great thing. With all the interest in and passion for hop aroma, we live […]

Harvest Half-Time Report

We’re nearing the half-way point in this year’s harvest. The hop vines are coming down all across the valley, and so are the yields. This year’s hop harvest is a good reminder that agriculture is not predictable and only somewhat controllable. Despite the way they look, hop farms aren’t factories that can produce more hops […]

Letter to a Potential Hop Grower

In the various roles in which I’ve served in the hop industry, I often received messages from people who want to get into the biz.  I love the hop industry.  It’s a fun and challenging place to be, but the advice I give always seems to be roughly the same, it’s not an easy game and […]

How to Avoid High Hop Prices

Back in 2003, it was simple to get more hops whenever you needed them. You could just call up the merchant and ask for what you wanted. Chances are they had it sitting around, just like a bottle of Pepsi at the grocery store. Plus, brewers could get them for $2.00 a pound. A good […]

Why Hop Prices are Really Rising? Opening the Kimono.

We touched briefly on this in our previous post, Greedy Growers & Dirty Dealers  However, recently an interesting article by Eric Connor in USATODAY has been making the rounds among hopheads the past days on the Twittersphere.  It claims the rise in the cost of hops is responsible for the high prices of craft beer. The […]

#FreeTheHops

The 2014 harvest is only a few weeks away.  Already we know that there will not be enough of some the most popular proprietary hop varieties … again. The problem is not that more of them can’t be grown. The problem is also not that growers don’t want to grow more. Prices aren’t an issue […]