Threats to hop production pose very real threats to the craft brewing industry as well. One such threat is from powdery mildew, which can cause severe or complete crop loss.
For the November/December 2013 The New Brewer, we present our Raw Materials issue. In this issue, we take a look at the hop and barley crops in the U.S. and worldwide in 2013. The issue also examines new hop varieties, gluten-reduced beer, and how to brew sticke, a version of altbier. Read More
This issue is brought to you by Hopunion
Ian Ward of BSG reviews the European growing conditions over the past year, as well as the acreage, yield and production.Read More
The feed and malting barley markets are beginning to converge, while the high-alpha and flavor/aroma hops markets begin to diverge as craft brewing continues full steam ahead.
By the late 1990s, many craft brewers wanted something more, and breeders were ready to take up the cause. Thus began the next era in hop breeding.
Private and public breeding programs everywhere are looking for the new and exotic. Hops from the U.S. to Germany are being bred for fruity, exotic flavors and aromas.
The purpose of the BA Hop Usage Survey has been one of empowerment, serving a purpose not just of education, but of communication between brewers and growers.
Growing conditions, soil, malting barley varieties, and the malt process all impact the attributes of finished malt. These variations make the Malt Analysis even more important.
Ian Ward reviews the European growing conditions over the past year, plus U.S. and Canada barley growing conditions and production.Read More