LIFE OF A HOP

 

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

  • Agronomy

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

    Hopsteiner’s breeding program has released exciting, new hop varieties, including Lemondrop and Eureka.
  • Preparation

    Hopsteiner farms and farm managers set the industry standard for agricultural practices and sustainability.
  • Propagation

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

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

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

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

    During the summer months, hop yards start to top out when all of the laterals fill-in with full growth.
  • Cone Maturation

    A mature female hop cone is ready to harvest when the flower begins to feel dry and papery.
  • Oils and Acids

    Inside the hop cones, your can see yellow lupulin glands packed with the essential hop oils and acids.
  • Harvesting

    Mobile harvesters called “combines” line the hop fields ready to start the annual hop harvest.
  • Sorting

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

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

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

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

    Hop bails are quickly transported to Hopsteiner’s cold storage facilities where they await processing.
  • Shipping/Cold Storage

    Hop bails are quickly shipped to our cold storage facilities to protects their soft alpha and beta resins.
  • Pelletizing

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

    Hopsteiner provides traditional hop products, as well as the most advanced hop downstream products.
  • Quality Packaging

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

    Orders are processed to ensure shipments arrive on schedule. We offer storage and delivery programs.
  • Research & Development

    Hopsteiner’s hop research facilities focus on constant improvement, and new product development.
  • Customer Support

    Hopsteiner’s technical staff provides a wide range of client services, including on-site brewery support.
  • 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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