LIFE OF A HOP
LEARN ABOUT A HOP’S FASCINATING JOURNEY FROM OUR FARMS TO YOUR BEER
AgronomyExperimental hop seedlings emerge in our greenhouses in preparation of planting baby hop yards this season.
BreedingHopsteiner’s breeding program has released exciting, new hop varieties, including Lemondrop and Eureka.
PreparationHopsteiner farms and farm managers set the industry standard for agricultural practices and sustainability.
PropagationFarmers plant hop rhizomes, the heart of the root system which stores and transfers food for the bine.
Baby HopsNew hop growth emerges from the ground in the spring, and bines begin to reach towards the sun.
GrowingHop bines climb the coir twine in a clockwise-spiral, upwards until they reach the top of the 18’ tall trellis.
FloweringAs the hop bines begin to reach the trellis tops, they generate lateral shoots that produce the hop flowers.
Healthy HopsDuring the summer months, hop yards start to top out when all of the laterals fill-in with full growth.
Hop ConesClusters of bright green hop cones begin to develop all over the hop bines, gaining in size and weight.
Cone MaturationA mature female hop cone is ready to harvest when the flower begins to feel dry and papery.
Oils & AcidsWhen the hop cone is cracked open, you can see yellow lupulin glands packed with essential hop oils and acids.
Hop SelectionClients visit Hopsteiner to examine their hop variety’s unique aroma, bittering and flavoring characteristics.
HarvestingMobile harvesters called “combines” line the hop fields ready to start the annual hop harvest.
Bine PickingHop combines slowly move through the hop yards, gently removing the hop bines from the trellis.
SortingHop cones are then separated from leaf and bine in cleaning stations – leaving only raw leaf hop cones.
DryingHop cones are laid out on massive-sized hop kilns where they are gently heated until thoroughly dried.
CoolingDry hop cones are then piled high on cooling floors which help maintain their color and essential oils.
BalingThe dried and cooled hops are then compressed in 200-pound canvas bales, sealed with a hand-stitch.
TransportationHop bails are quickly transported to Hopsteiner’s cold storage facilities where they await processing.
Cold StorageCold storage protects the hops soft alpha and beta resins against deterioration by keeping them cool.
PelletizingHop leaf is ground into powder and forced through a die under extreme pressure to form dense hop pellets.
DownstreamHopsteiner provides traditional hop products, as well as the most advanced hop downstream products.
QualityHopsteiner’s hop research facilities focus on constant improvement, and new product development.
LogisticsOrders are processed to ensure shipments arrive on schedule. We offer storage and delivery programs.
Quality PackagingHop pellets are fresh-packed in nitrogen-flushed mylar pouches and heavy-duty crates with data label.
CommitmentHopsteiner’s technical staff provides a wide range of client services, including on-site brewery support.
The Proof is in the PourFor over 170 years, Hopsteiner has built a reputation of providing top quality hops at the best possible price.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 736YEAR OF THE FIRST DOCUMENTED HOP YARD AT A BAVARIAN MONASTERY
- 822YEAR HOPS FIRST APPEARED IN CONNECTION TO BREWING IN NORTHERN FRANCE
- 1405YEAR JOHN THE FEARLESS LEGALIZED HOPS WITHIN THE COUNTY OF FLANDERS
- 1516YEAR 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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