US Hops

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The United States is the world’s leading producer of hops – outproducing Germany just barely – making US hops readily available from myriad sources. As such, we look for unusual, proprietary American varietals for our customers that aren’t readily available. The partner farms we choose to work with not only grow high quality crops, they understand beer and the bold aromas that today’s brewers are looking for.

History of US Hops

The Duke will help you learn about US hops.

Varietals

We are pleased to offer a wide range of US hops for brewers of all sizes. These three are some of our favorites. See our hops product page for the full list.

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Zappa®

Named for Frank Zappa and grown exclusively by CLS Farms, Zappa is native to the mountains of New Mexico. It’s a free spirit like its namesake, with aroma and flavor characteristics described as being from fruity and tropical to minty and savory.

Azacca®

Named for the Haitian god of agriculture, Azacca features bright citrus and tropical fruit notes (hello, mango!) perfect for IPAs. It has high alpha acids, but it functions well as a dual-purpose hop, ideal for late and dry hop additions.

El Dorado®

Developed by CLS Farms and released in 2010, El Dorado exudes tropical, candy-like aromas perfect for NEIPAs, IPAs, pale ales, and lagers. El Dorado works well in a single-hop beer, but it’s even better when paired with other hops with citrusy aromas.

Simcoe®

Craft brewers love Simcoe as a bittering hop with its high alphas and low co-humulone. But it also packs great aroma, leaning toward bright citrus with some piney, earthy undertones. Try it as a Cascade alternative in your next bold IPA.

Centennial

Developed in 1974 and released in 1990, Centennial has gone through waves of popularity and is currently experiencing a resurgence. It has a beautifully balanced bitterness and a floral, forward aroma making it amazingly versatile for pale ales and IPAs.

Chinook

This ideal dual-purpose hop works perfectly during any stage of the boil. Balanced flavors range from spicy pine to bold grapefruit. It shines in single-hopped beers but also plays well with others in a wide range of beer styles.

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These varietals and more are available through John Fearless.

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