LIFE OF A HOP

 

LEARN ABOUT A HOP’S FASCINATING JOURNEY FROM OUR FARMS TO YOUR BEER

  • Life of a Hop - Agronomy

    Agronomy

    Experimental hop seedlings emerge in our greenhouses in preparation of planting baby hop yards this season.
  • Life of a Hop - Breeding

    Breeding

    Hopsteiner’s breeding program has released exciting, new hop varieties, including Lemondrop and Eureka.
  • Life of a Hop - Preparation

    Preparation

    Hopsteiner farms and farm managers set the industry standard for agricultural practices and sustainability.
  • Life of a Hop - Propagation

    Propagation

    Farmers plant hop rhizomes, the heart of the root system which stores and transfers food for the bine.
  • Life of a Hop - Baby Hops

    Baby Hops

    New hop growth emerges from the ground in the spring, and bines begin to reach towards the sun.
  • Life of a Hop - Growing

    Growing

    Hop bines climb the coir twine in a clockwise-spiral, upwards until they reach the top of the 18’ tall trellis.
  • Life of a Hop - Flowering

    Flowering

    As the hop bines begin to reach the trellis tops, they generate lateral shoots that produce the hop flowers.
  • Life of a Hop - Healthy Hops

    Healthy Hops

    During the summer months, hop yards start to top out when all of the laterals fill-in with full growth.
  • Life of a Hop - Hop Cones

    Hop Cones

    Clusters of bright green hop cones begin to develop all over the hop bines, gaining in size and weight.
  • Life of a Hop - Cone Maturation

    Cone Maturation

    A mature female hop cone is ready to harvest when the flower begins to feel dry and papery.
  • Life of a Hop - Oils & Acids

    Oils & Acids

    When the hop cone is cracked open, you can see yellow lupulin glands packed with essential hop oils and acids.
  • Life of a Hop - Hop Selection

    Hop Selection

    Clients visit Hopsteiner to examine their hop variety’s unique aroma, bittering and flavoring characteristics.
  • Harvesting

    Mobile harvesters called “combines” line the hop fields ready to start the annual hop harvest.
  • Life of a Hop - Bine Picking

    Bine Picking

    Hop combines slowly move through the hop yards, gently removing the hop bines from the trellis.
  • Life of a Hop - Sorting

    Sorting

    Hop cones are then separated from leaf and bine in cleaning stations – leaving only raw leaf hop cones.
  • Life of a Hop - Drying

    Drying

    Hop cones are laid out on massive-sized hop kilns where they are gently heated until thoroughly dried.
  • Life of a Hop - Cooling

    Cooling

    Dry hop cones are then piled high on cooling floors which help maintain their color and essential oils.
  • Life of a Hop - Baling

    Baling

    The dried and cooled hops are then compressed in 200-pound canvas bales, sealed with a hand-stitch.
  • Life of a Hop - Transportation

    Transportation

    Hop bails are quickly transported to Hopsteiner’s cold storage facilities where they await processing.
  • Life of a Hop - Cold Storage

    Cold Storage

    Cold storage protects the hops soft alpha and beta resins against deterioration by keeping them cool.
  • Life of a Hop - Pelletizing

    Pelletizing

    Hop leaf is ground into powder and forced through a die under extreme pressure to form dense hop pellets.
  • Life of a Hop - Downstream

    Downstream

    Hopsteiner provides traditional hop products, as well as the most advanced hop downstream products.
  • Life of a Hop - Quality

    Quality

    Hopsteiner’s hop research facilities focus on constant improvement, and new product development.
  • Life of a Hop - Logistics

    Logistics

    Orders are processed to ensure shipments arrive on schedule. We offer storage and delivery programs.
  • Life of a Hop - Quality Packaging

    Quality Packaging

    Hop pellets are fresh-packed in nitrogen-flushed mylar pouches and heavy-duty crates with data label.
  • Life of a Hop - Commitment

    Commitment

    Hopsteiner’s technical staff provides a wide range of client services, including on-site brewery support.
  • Life of a Hop - The Proof is in the Pour

    The Proof is in the Pour

    For over 170 years, Hopsteiner has built a reputation of providing top quality hops at the best possible price.

DID YOU KNOW?

 
  • 736 - YEAR OF THE FIRST DOCUMENTED HOP YARD AT A BAVARIAN MONASTERY736YEAR OF THE FIRST DOCUMENTED HOP YARD AT A BAVARIAN MONASTERY
  • 822 - YEAR HOPS FIRST APPEARED IN CONNECTION TO BREWING IN NORTHERN FRANCE822YEAR HOPS FIRST APPEARED IN CONNECTION TO BREWING IN NORTHERN FRANCE
  • 1405YEAR JOHN THE FEARLESS LEGALIZED HOPS WITHIN THE COUNTY OF FLANDERS
  • 1516 - YEAR REINHEITSGEBOT PASSED IN BAVARIA, REQUIRES ALL BEER USE WATER, HOPS & BARLEY ONLY1516YEAR REINHEITSGEBOT PASSED IN BAVARIA, REQUIRES BEER USE WATER, HOPS & BARLEY ONLY
Hopsteiner’s ultimate goal is to supply breweries around the world with hops and hop products of the highest quality, at the best possible price, and with expert service and support.

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