Frequently Answered Questions

Hops

When are hops harvested?

Hop harvest begins in Oregon around the middle of August and continues in Washington through the month of September. Once started, most farms harvest 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, for 30-40 days straight.

What are hops?

"Hops" are the flowering cones of the dioecious, perennial climbing bine, Humulus lupulus. Due to their natural antimicrobial and filtering properties, hops are primarily used to brew beer, contributing bitterness, flavor and aroma.

What is lupulin?

Mature hop cones produce yellow granules, called lupulin glands, that are paramount in establishing bitterness, flavor and aroma in beer. The combination of alpha and beta acids within the resins add bitterness to beer while the relative combination of essential oils provide flavor and aroma. Typically, the higher the level of alpha acids, the higher the bittering characteristics.

Do hops have to be planted each season?

No. Underground, hops are a perennial plant that remains dormant through the fall and winter. As temperatures rise during early spring, the plants begin to grow.