The craft beer market in the United States is about a $23 billion dollar a year business and the vast majority of the hops used in these beers are grown domestically. This has put a big hurt on the sales of European hop varieties.
Germany is not going to sit still and watch their hop business go away. They have been growing some very unique hop varieties designed for the US Craft Beer Market. These hops are becoming super popular because they bring something bold and new to American craft beer. We have these in stock and ready for your next brew. Cheers!
Origin: Germany. A daughter of Cascade released in 2012 and bred specifically to answer the needs of American craft beer styles.
Usage: Aroma, particularly whirlpool and dry hopping to take full advantage of the very high myrcene fraction. With its pronounced tropical profile, Hallertau Blanc has strong affinity for many of the same styles as southern hemisphere hops: IPA, Belgian ales, wheat beer, and Brett fermentations.
Aroma & Flavor Characteristics: Moderate to strong featuring pineapple, gooseberry, white grape, fresh lemongrass stalk, and passionfruit. Reminiscent of many recent Southern Hemisphere varieties, but with a cleaner, less “dank” profile.
Origin: Germany. Bred by the Hop Research Center of Hüll, this new variety is a daughter of Cascade released in 2012.
Usage: Aroma. Hüll Melon’s unique but mellow fruit character makes it a good choice for styles where overpowering hop flavor may not be warranted. It melds well with the yeast character of Hefeweizen and Belgian ales, but can also work as as standalone hop as a feature of a summer seasonal or Brett fermentation.
Aroma & Flavor Characteristics: Mild to moderate with vivid impressions of summer melon (especially honeydew) and ripe strawberry bouquet.
Origin: Germany. A daughter of Cascade, along with Hallertau Blanc and Hüll Melon, and released in 2012.
Usage: Aroma. A tangerine machine when used for late, whirlpool, and dry hop additions, Mandarina Bavaria is quickly finding support in the brewhouse for American IPA and variants, black ales, saisons, Brett fermentations, and other beers where a definite fruity and strongly hoppy character is beneficial.
Aroma & Flavor Characteristics: Intense pineapple, lemon and citrus flavors with a resinous, herbal followup. Sweet and distinctive.