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Certified Organic Hops

We are dedicated to promoting all organic beer, brewed only with organically grown malt and hops. That is what we call True Organic Brew! We offer the world's best selection of certified organic hops, all in one place. We look forward to adding new hops that will soon be available as more growers take the organic pledge to offer a wider selection of organic hops than ever before.

Over the years, the availabilty of organically grown hops has grown considerably. Our first catalog in 1997 offered 4 types of organic hops. Now there are over two dozen varieties, available in both pellet and whole flower form. Supplies continue to be limited as the global demand for organic hops is higher than the available supply. It is not unusual for us to sell out of the most popular varieties before the next crop arrives. All of the hops that we sell are fully certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program. Organic certificates are available with your purchase upon request. All alpha acids given are average amounts for each crop. The actual alpha values are printed on every package of hops we sell.

We are dedicated to offering as many high quality certified organic hop varieties as possible. Because of our commitment to highest quality and fair prices, we do not buy every hop offered to us. We offer excellent prices considering wholesale costs of 2 to 3 times that of conventional hops costs because we buy in large quantities and we take a lower mark-up than typical homebrew retailers. We sell our hops wholesale to licensed breweries that brew organic beer and homebrew supply shops that wish to offer organic brewing supplies to their customers. Call us at 1-800-768-4409 if you are interested in purchasing wholesale. More information about buying organic hops wholesale is available online.

Our hops are vacuum sealed in oxygen barrier packaging for the highest possible freshness and frozen until shipped. Our whole hops are always packaged in foil bags to prevent light damage in addition to superior oxygen barrier protection. The large packages (6 oz. and up) are also nitrogen flushed. Whole hops must be strained from the wort after the boil. Using whole hops helps to filter out proteins from the mash after the boil, and can also help settle malt proteins during the boil.

Pellet hops are simply whole hops that have been ground into a powder and compressed into pellet form. They are easy to brew with, especially for dry hopping without having to use a hop bag. Pellet hops stay fresh longer than whole flower hops and are easier to measure and store. We have a great selection of pellet hops to choose from!

Certified Organic Wet Hops

Once a year, in late summer into early fall, hops are harvested. Harvest time provides a unique opportunity for Brewers to brew with hops that are fresh picked off the vine. This is known as wet hopping. We are working with California's largest grower of hops (they also happen to be certified organic) to quickly bring a limited supply of fresh picked hops directly to our customers. Our first offering will be Cascade and Chinook Wet hops that will be cherry picked on Sunday, shipped to us Monday, and shipped out to our customers within 24 hours of arrival.

Brewing with wet hops is a unique opportunity that happens just once a year. There are some differences to consider when making beer with wet hops. First to consider is weight: wet hops on average are 5 times heavier than properly dried hops. This means up to 5 times the weight may be needed for the desired effect.

Because of the high moisture content, the average alpha acid of wet hops is much lower than for dried hops. It is also difficult to analyze wet hops, so most brewers just go with the average for the variety divided by 5. Thus, if you are using Cascade with an average alpha acid of 6%, you would be working with an average alpha of 1.2% with wet Cascade hops.

Most brewers experienced with wet hopping recommend using dried flowers or pellets for bittering, and just use the wet hops for the last aroma addition. Cooking the wet hops for too long can contribute to strong grassy flavors. Adding just after the heat has been turned off and allowing to steep for 5 to 10 minutes just may be the optimum method for capturing the delicate fresh wet hop aroma into the beer. If using a large amount of wet hops the hops will contribute a small amount of liquid to the wort, and they will not absorb liquid as dried hops do. Thus for all grain brewers this may translate into a drop in efficiency by 1- 2%.

Upon arrival these fresh picked hops will be packed in nitrogen flushed foil bags immediately to preserve the delicate fresh aromas. Each order will be shipped with an ice pack and must ship by 2nd day air. Money-back satisfaction guaranteed if shipped by 2 Day Air. We cannot offer a money back guarantee if these fragile hop flowers are shipped by ground carrier. Shipping charges are not refundable. Available in 8 oz. packages only- limiting the package size makes it possible for us to deliver these hops as fast as possible!

Because this is our first offering of wet hops, we have reserved just a small quantity that we expect to sell out quickly. If we do sell out quickly and we have enough demand, we will arrange another offering before the harvest season is done. Please check the link below to see if we currently have wet hops available:

HOP PELLETS

American Fuggles

Hop Pellets- 6% Avg. Alpha

Grown in Oregon on a farm that is long established for growing excellent hops. During the surplus years leading up to the hop shortages of 2008, much of this land went dormant so it was a relatively simple matter to convert the land to growing certified organic hops. Despite many years of experience growing hops conventionally, using organic methods has been a challenge, requiring a lot of extra work, but the quality of these hops is definitely worth the extra effort. Fuggles are a mild and pleasant hop, with earthy and fruity character that works well with many different flavors. The light bitterness and clean hop flavor and aroma make a good combination with high alpha hops such as Pilgrim or Pacific Gem. A great choice for hoppy American microbrew style ales, and works surprisingly well in Belgian beers. Recommended substitute for UK Fuggle, Willamette, Styrian Golding, US Tettnang.

American Summit

Hop Pellets- 13% Avg. Alpha

These certified organic hops are grown in the Yakima Valley of the Pacific Northwest by a family farm with generations of experience growing hops, and one of the first to grow certified organic hops on a large scale here in the United States. These are strong bittering hops with a strong citrus or grapefruit aroma. We are impressed with the strong pungent aroma with herbal notes reminiscent of a good Australian Pride of Ringwood hop. With the strong citrus character, Summit is a good choice for an American style IPA. Summit is the first dwarf hop to be bred for production in the United States. They are grown on a low trellis requiring hand picking so the hop cones are hand selected and less damaged than machine harvested hops. Recommended substitute for Galena, Simcoe, Cascade, or Pride of Ringwood.

American Palisades

Hop Pellets- 5% Avg. Alpha

Palisade hops are grown in the Yakima Valley of the Pacific Northwest by a family farm with generations of hop growing experience. The Palisades variety was bred from Swiss Tettnanger hops, and have a character similar to Willamette or Fuggles. They exhibit a refined and subtle flavor with an earthy herbal aroma that could also be described as grassy. A slight spicy character with hints of citrus or apricot makes some describe this hop as pretty. As mellow rather than overpowering hop the Palisades are a great hop for beers that strike a good balance between malt and hops and have a smooth drinkable character. Recommended substitute for Tettnanger, Willamette, Fuggle, Styrian Golding.

Belgian Admiral

Hop Pellets- 14% Avg. Alpha

Admiral is a welcome addition to our selection that offers both high alpha acid for bittering and a strong hoppy aroma. The aroma is an astonishingly strong fruity and sweet aroma perfect for hoppy ales. Admiral gives a citrusy sweet flavor with hints of apricot and orange to most brews which is well suited to hoppy beers especially IPA. This is the hop to use for beers wanting a strong hop nose and a well rounded bitterness. Very good in recipes calling for Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Challenger, or Chinook.

Belgian Cascade

Hop Pellets- 3.2% Avg. Alpha

These European grown Cascade hops are a real treat for brewers who like the citrus character of Cascade, without being overpowered by it. A milder version of Cascade allows you to experience the more subtle characteristics of this popular breed of hop: the light flowery aroma with a hint of herbal, the sweet citrus tones, and overall very clean flavor. Use in Belgian, English and American ales. Because of the milder aroma these Cascade blend well with other hops to help achieve a nice balanced beer. Try blending with New Zealand Cascade for a great Pale Ale. These are very good in recipes calling for Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Challenger, or Chinook.

Fuggles

Hop Pellets- 4.5% Avg. Alpha

Fuggles have long been used in the finest English style ales for aroma and flavor, and will infuse a mild hoppy flavor and pleasant aroma in the best pale ales, bitters, and browns. The light bitterness and clean hop flavor and aroma make a good combination with high alpha hops such as Target or Pacific Gem. Fuggles is a great choice for hoppy American microbrew style ales, and works surprisingly well in Lambic. U.K. rootstock grown in Belgium. A good substitute for Willamette or Styrian Golding.

Kent Goldings

Hop Pellets- 7% Avg. Alpha

One of the finest hops in the world, Kent Goldings is the traditional old English hop developed in the late 1700's. Excellent for English style ales and Porters, this is a mild hop with a pleasant flowery aroma and a refined flavor. Also suitable for many Belgian, French, and Scottish ales. Possible substitutions: US Goldings, First Gold, UK progress. Organically grown in Belgium from Kent Goldings rootstock.

Challenger

Hop Pellets- 8% Avg. Alpha

Recognized as a dual purpose hop because it has a respectable alpha acid level combined with a good hop aroma. Originally bred from Northern Brewer rootstock in the late sixties, this hop has become a staple for many English breweries, and is at its best in styles such as ESB, porter, stout, barley wine, and brown ale. The aroma is strong with refined spicy notes. A good substitute for Northern Brewer or Perle hops.

German Saphir

Hop Pellets- 4% Avg. Alpha

This is a relatively unknown but up and coming new breed of hop that is starting to replace the Hallertaur Mittlefrueh variety which has become more and more susceptable to diasease and pests. Shares many of the Hallertaur Mittlefrueh characteristics and with a low alpha acid content is very well suited as an aroma hop for the finest European style lagers. The Saphir is a true jewel in the noble hop family and has a refined aroma and a mild flavor. This hop is distinguished by a sweet and clean citrus aroma that has a hint of tangerine. Try this in your finest German lagers, Pilsners, Belgian White, or even an English mild ale.

German Hallertau Hersbrucker

Hop Pellets- 4% Avg. Alpha

This is a traditional European hop widely used in many beer styles including Lager, Bock, Weizen, Belgian Ales, Kolsch, and Helles. A hop suitable for flavor and aroma with an exceptionally pleasant spicy aroma and a refined finish. Also a good hop to use for American lagers and light ales. A good substitute for Mt Hood or French Strisselspalt.

German Perle

Hop pellets- 8% Avg. Alpha

A popular dual purpose hop used as a bittering hop that adds a clean, slightly minty flavor, and when used as an aroma hop adds a mild floral hoppy aroma. Comparable to U.S. grown Perle, but has a more subtle and pleasant hop aroma. Typically used in a wide rdange of beer styles, from Pale ale and Porter to Pilsner, Alt, and Hefeweizen. A good substitute for Northern Brewer.

German Tettnanger

Hop Pellets- 5% Avg. Alpha

German grown Tettnanger is a rare find in the U.S., but we have imported a few pounds of this truly noble hop, organically grown in the Tettnang region in Germany. Has a pleasant, fine aroma, with a slightly spicy flavor. Use in your finest European style lagers and wheat beers. Also a good choice for Belgian ales especially Lambics. Possible substitutions include German Spalt Select or Hallertaur Hersbrucker.

German Hallertaur Tradition

Hop Pellets- 6% Avg. Alpha

This hop was bred to become a stronger, more disease resistant version of Hallertaur Mittelfruh. Best used as an aroma or flavor hop in European style ales and lagers such as Pilsner, Alt, and wheat beers, but its classic smooth flavor and refined noble aroma make this a versatile hop for a wide range of beer styles. A good substitute for Liberty or German Hallertau.

German Spalt Select

Hop Pellets- 7% Avg. Alpha

Exceptionally fresh and aromatic, German Select are one of the best organic hops we have found. Bred from Mittlefrueh and Spalt hops in the early 90's the aroma of Select hops is reminiscent of a fine Tettnanger or Hersbrucker noble hop. A hop suitable for bittering, flavor, and aroma, it is excellent in European ales and lagers, with a pleasant spicy flavor and strong aroma. A good substitute for Tettnanger, US Saaz, Hersbrucker.

New Zealand Cascade

Hop pellets- 9% Avg. Alpha

The newest addition to the world's selection of organic hops. The New Zealand Cascade hops retain the dominant characteristics of this extremely popular hop, but the the quality of product is first rate and in keeping with the high standards that the New Zealand growers have become known for. This is a fresh, very aromatic hop that is popular in American style ales as well as English and Australian Ales. Excellent for dry hopping. Bred from Cascade rootstock hybridized with organic New Zealand stock. A good substitute for American Cascade, Centennieal, Amarillo, or Columbus.

New Zealand Hallertaur

Hop Pellets- 8.5% Avg. Alpha

Our most popular hop! A versatile hop that is similar to the German Hallertau Mittelfruh variety with a pleasant floral aroma suitable for flavor and aroma, yet it has a relatively high alpha acid content, making it useful as a bittering hop. It has the ability to retain its clean, crisp taste even in older beers. This hop is a good choice for German style lagers and European and American ales. We like this hop as a substitute for Hallertaur or Tettnanger hops, and its clean aroma works well for aroma or dry hopping American style hoppy pale ales and IPAs.

New Zealand Motueka (Saaz)

Hop pellets- 8% Avg. Alpha

We are pleased to offer pellets of one of our best selling hops. Fresh from the master growers in New Zealand, this hybrid of Saaz is a welcome addition to the world's selection of organic hops. Saaz is renouned for a mild earthy spiciness and clean aroma, and is widely used in European lagers, especially the Czech Pilsner style. The New Zealand Saaz is bred from Saaz rootstock hybridized with organic New Zealand stock. Quantities may be limited.

New Zealand

Nelson Sauvin

Hop pellets- 12% Avg. Alpha

This new and unique variety was bred in New Zealand and released in 2000. Named for its aroma which is remarkably similar to the fresh crushed gooseberry aroma of a Sauvignon Blanc grape. Nelson Sauvin has the unique ability to impart a distinctive cool climate white wine “fruitiness”. Offers both a refreshing green grapes flavor, hints of pineapple, with a touch of earthiness to balance the flavor profile. This dual-purpose variety can be used to produce big punchy Ales as well as subtle yet bitter Lagers. The fruitiness may be a little overpowering for the un-initiated, however those with a penchant for bold hop character will find several applications for this true brewer's hop. A must try incredibly unique hop, and there is really no recommended substitute although it shares characteristics with Cascade, Centennial, or Chinook.

New Zealand Pacific Gem

Hop pellets- 17% Avg. Alpha

New Zealand is an excellent place to grow organic hops because none of the usual hop diseases and pests such as downy mildew. One of the methods employed by New Zealand organic hop farmers to reduce pest damage is to send sheep into the hop row to defoliate the lower branches. This also provides a source of fertilizer for the plants. Pacific Gem is a very high alpha hop with a pleasant citrus aroma good for bitters and dark beers. Some brewers have reported that Pacific Gem provides a subtle "blackberry" flavor/taste, which is a popular characteristic for English bitters and stouts. With its good clean bittering character, Pacific Gem is a good substitute for Magnum, Millenium, Nugget, or Columbus hops.

New Zealand Rakau

Hop pellets- 12% Avg. Alpha

A new and truly unique hop variety from New Zealand. Bursting with a lot of the typical New Zealand fruity character with tropical aroma highlights of passionfruit, mango, and peach. A delicate minerally flavor works surprisingly well in lagers, especially Pilsner. An excellent hop for late hop additions where a prominent hop character is desired in beers such as Pale Ales, ESB, and IPA's. Developed as a dual purpose hop with alpha acids in the 10% range, but delivering "soft" bitterness with low cohumulone levels of less than 25% of alpha levels. Try this in beers calling for Admiral, Amarillo, Simcoe, or Summit.

Pilgrim

Hop pellets- 10.2% Avg. Alpha

A new dual-purpose hop released by the Horticulture Research Institute at Wye in 2001, Pilgrim has a pleasant aroma and strong bitterness content. Because of its high alpha it has been compared to British Target more than any other variety, but It has a much hoppier aroma than Target due to its higher levels of Humulene and Challenger-like Selinene levels. Exhibits an earthy, spicy, flavor and pronounced hoppy nose. Also known as Wye Pilgrim. Organically grown in Belgium from English rootstock. Possible substitutions: Target, Northdown & Northern Brewer.

Whitbread Goldings Variety

Hop pellets- 6.1% Avg. Alpha

Often referred to simply as "WGV", this hop was developed in 1911 from Bates’s Brewer at the hop farm in Beltring, Kent later owned by the London brewer Whitbread. WGV is used today in McMullen’s AK, and is a parent to the modern First Gold and Progress hop varieties. Whitbread Goldings Variety is similar to Goldings, but with a stronger flavor that is pleasant and hoppy. Produces a sweet, fruity flavor with a mild, clean bitterness. Good as a distinctive dry hop with a fruity, mild and clean flavor. Organically grown in Belgium from English rootstock. Possible substitutions: UK Kent Golding, UK First Gold, UK Progress.

WHOLE HOPS

American Columbus

Whole Hops- 12% Avg. Alpha 4% Beta

The widely sought after American Columbus hops are now available certified organic. This year we just have a small quantity of these hops grown by a new organic hop farm in Utah. Columbus are a solid bittering hop that gives a clean bitterness without overpowering flavors. Has a pungent aroma with slightly spicy woody-earthy tones. They also have a citrus aroma similar to Centennial or Cascade, but more subdued. The citrus is not overpowering as it can be with Cascade hops. Great for American style ales, stouts, and IPA's. Good substitutes: Centennial, Chinook, Galena, Nugget.

   

American Cascade
Transitional crop (not certified organic)
Whole Hops- 7.7% Avg. Alpha

These hops were grown on land that has been certified organic for 20 years, but because of a paperwork glitch the certified status expired and was not transferred to the new crop. These Colorado grown hops were grown according to USDA organic standards and will be fully certified next year. These are beautiful, aromatic hops from a brand new farm, made possible through a lot of hard work, good old fashioned American ingenuity, and a little financial support from Seven Bridges and a few others. The hops are typically Cascade: A clean, bright and pleasant flowery aroma with distinct citrus-like character. They are also a strong Cascade with over 7% alpha making them excellent for both aroma and bittering. Because of the lower than expected yield of the 2 year old plants, there were not enough pounds produced to have pelleted. These hops are slightly over dried, so expect a larger than usual volume of hops per oz.

Your purchase of this hops directly supports American efforts to grow hops organically from smaller family based farms. Although a number of large American hop growers have begun to grow organic hops in addition to their established commercial conventional crops, there are few growers who have been able to successfully start up a strictly organic hop growing operation. Commercial hop growing is a challenging business and the existing larger farms and brokers are very competitive, which means very little industry support for smaller start-ups. Even with a successful crop, without an infastructure to harvest, process, and distribute the hops the operation will need a lot of luck and outside support to succeed. For instance picking, baling, and pelleting equipment is expensive and most of the existing processing facilities are located in the Pacific Northwest. We chose to invest in a grower outside of this region for 3 main reasons: The samples from the first crop year were impressive, and a grower lacking support from the existing American hop industry certainly needed the financial support more than an established conventional hop grower, and this grower has a background in organic farming and is truly dedicated to organic farming principles.

American Centennial

Whole Hops- 6.5% Avg. Alpha

We are excited to bring you some top quality classic American hops, organically grown in Washington State. We only have a few pounds this year so they are only available to our homebrewing customers, but if these do well we hope to offer a larger quantity next year. Centennial hops were developed from a cross between Brewer's Gold and a selected USDA male. They have a pungent, citrusy aroma with floral tones balanced with a good bitterness. Sometimes called Super Cascade, these are the signature hops for hoppy American beers like American Pale Ale and American India Pale Ale.The quality of these hops is proof beyond a doubt that American hop growers can product a superior quality hop using certified organic methods. With hops like these becoming available we are sure that the days of USDA certified organic beer brewed using non organic hops are certainly numbered.

American Hallertaur

Whole Hops- 6.2% Avg. Alpha

Top quality organically grown American hops, from Washington State. We only have a few pounds this year so they are only available to our homebrewing customers. US grown Hallertau were developed from rootstock brought over from the Hallertau region in Germany. These are typical Hallertau hops and have a very mild, slightly spicy aroma with refined flowery notes. The German grown Hallertau is considered one of the true noble hops, and these American grown Hallertau exhibit the same fine qualities. With equal levels of alpha and beta acids, this is a great hop to use in a single hop beer as it has good bittering and aroma qualities. Great for all types of Lagers and Pilsners, wheat beers and Belgian ales, or any beer where a mild hop nose is desired that will not overpower the other flavors of the beer. Possible substitutions include Liberty, German Hallertau, and Hallertau Tradition.

American Summit

Whole Hops- 13.9% Avg. Alpha

We ordered a full bale of these hops and the pungent aromas of herbal and citrus wafted through the warehouse as we quickly packed it into oxy-barrier foil vacuum bags to capture the strong, pleasant aroma through the rest of the year. Grown in the Yakima Valley of the Pacific Northwest by a family farm with generations of experience growing hops, and one of the first to grow certified organic hops on a large scale here in the United States. These are bittering hops with a strong citrus or grapefruit aroma. The strong pungent aroma has herbal notes reminiscent of a good Australian Pride of Ringwood hop. With the strong citrus character, Summit is a good choice for an American style IPA. Summit is the first dwarf hop to be bred for production in the United States. Recommended substitute for Galena, Simcoe, Cascade, or Pride of Ringwood.

Belgian Admiral

Whole Hops- 14.5% Avg. Alpha

Our newest organic hop arrival is a welcome addition to our selection that offers both high alpha acid for bittering and a strong hoppy aroma. The aroma is an astonishingly strong fruity and sweet aroma perfect for hoppy ales. Admiral gives a citrusy sweet flavor with hints of orange to most brews which is well suited to hoppy beers especially IPA. This is the hop to use for beers wanting a strong hop nose and a well rounded bitterness. Supplies are very limited this year and orders are limited to 6 oz. of this hop per customer. Very good in recipes calling for Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Challenger, or Chinook.

Belgian Saaz

Whole Hops- 5.2% Avg. Alpha

Saaz hops have long been revered as the very mild spicy, earthy aroma hop associated with European Lagers. This is the hop you will want for your finest European style Pilsners, and it will shine in wheat beers and Belgian style ales. The masterful Belgium growers have done an outstanding job cultivating this notoriously difficult to grow hop. The fact that they managed to grow it organically is proof positive that the skills exist in this world to grow any hop organically if the task is apprached with the right amount of knowledge and dedication. An excellent substitute for Czech Saaz, US Sterling, or Polish Lublin.

Fuggles

Whole Hops- 5.9% Avg. Alpha

Fuggles have long been used in the finest English style ales for aroma and flavor, and will infuse a mild hoppy flavor and pleasant aroma in the best pale ales, bitters, and browns. The light bitterness and clean hop flavor and aroma make a good combination with high alpha hops such as Target or Pacific Gem. Fuggles is a great choice for hoppy American microbrew style ales, and works surprisingly well in Lambic. U.K. rootstock grown in Belgium. A good substitute for Willamette or Styrian Golding.

Kent Goldings

Whole Hops- 7.3% Avg. Alpha

One of the finest hops in the world, Kent Goldings is the traditional old English hop developed in the late 1700's. Excellent for English style ales and Porters, this is a mild hop with a pleasant flowery aroma and a refined flavor. Also suitable for many Belgian, French, and Scottish ales. Possible substitutions: US Goldings, First Gold, UK progress. Organically grown in Belgium from Kent Goldings rootstock.

New Zealand Rakau

Whole Hops- 10% Avg. Alpha

A new and truly unique hop variety from New Zealand. Bursting with a lot of the typical New Zealand fruity character with tropical aroma highlights of passionfruit, mango, and peach. A delicate minerally flavor works surprisingly well in lagers, especially Pilsner. An excellent hop for late hop additions where a prominent hop character is desired in beers such as Pale Ales, ESB, and IPA's. Developed as a dual purpose hop with alpha acids in the 10% range, but delivering "soft" bitterness with low cohumulone levels of less than 25% of alpha levels. Try this in beers calling for Admiral, Amarillo, Simcoe, or Summit.

New Zealand Saaz (Motueka)

Whole Hops- 6% Avg. Alpha

Fresh from the master growers in New Zealand, this new hybrid of Saaz is a welcome addition to the world's selection of organic hops. Saaz is renouned for a mild earthy spiciness and clean aroma, and is widely used in European lagers, especially the Pilsner style. The New Zealand Saaz is bred from Saaz rootstock hybridized with organic New Zealand stock. Although a newcomer on the hop scene, this hop is already in use by several prominent breweries. Our inventory is very small this year, so quantities may be limited.

New Zealand Hallertaur

Whole Hops- 8% Avg. Alpha

Our most popular hop! A versatile hop that is similar to the German Hallertau Mittelfruh variety with a pleasant floral aroma suitable for flavor and aroma, yet it has a relatively high alpha acid content, making it useful as a bittering hop. It has the ability to retain its clean, crisp taste even in older beers. This hop is a good choice for German style lagers and European and American ales. We like this hop as a substitute for Hallertaur or Tettnanger hops, and its clean aroma works well for aroma or dry hopping American style hoppy pale ales and IPAs.

New Zealand Pacific Gem

Whole Hops- 15% Avg. Alpha

New Zealand is an excellent place to grow organic hops because none of the usual hop diseases and pests such as downy mildew exist. One of the methods employed by New Zealand organic hop farmers to reduce pest damage is to send sheep into the hop row to defoliate the lower branches. This also provides a source of fertilizer for the plants. Pacific Gem is a very high alpha hop with a pleasant citrus aroma good for bitters and dark beers. Some brewers have reported that Pacific Gem provides a subtle "blackberry" flavor/taste, which is a popular characteristic for English bitters and stouts.

German Opal

Whole Hops- 7.9% Avg. Alpha

The new crop has delighted us with its slightly peppery hints of pear and grains of paradise. A new German hop from the German research center Hüll that exhibits excellent aroma characteristics combined with a respectable alpha acid level. Opal is a European jewel which has a sweet spice, slightly peppery aroma and flavor combined with a light clean citrus fruit aroma. We think this hop will do well in German wheat beers, summer ales, Helles, light European lagers, light ales, Saisons, and Belgian wit. A good substitute for East Kent Goldings, Styrian Goldings, or Tettnanger.

German Spalt Select

Whole Hops- 6% Avg. Alpha

Spalt Select is a refined European hop with a mildly spicy aroma similar to European Saaz, Tettnanger, or Mittlefrueh. Bred from Mittlefrueh and Spalt hops in the early 90's to be more resistant to pests and diasease. A hop suitable for bittering, flavor, and aroma, it is excellent in European ales and lagers, with a pleasant spicy flavor and strong aroma. A good substitute for Tettnanger, Mittlefrueh, US Saaz, Hersbrucker.

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