NovDec The New Brewer 2020
November/December 2020

Raw Materials

For the November/December 2020 The New Brewer, we present our annual Raw Materials issue. In this issue, we take a closer look at the barley and hops harvests from the U.S. and around the world. U.S. hop acreage was once again at record levels, while U.S. barley production decreased slightly. Author Gabe Toth examines how barley growers and maltsters are adjusting to fluctuating demand due to COVID-19. Hops guru Stan Hieronymus provides details for several new varieties available for craft brewers, and Dick Cantwell and Chris Swersey provide results from the 13th annual Brewers Association Hop Usage Survey.

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Harvest Reports 2020

2020 World Barley and Hops Harvest

A comprehensive look at the 2020 hops and barley harvests. The U.S. again saw record acreage for hops, while U.S. barley production decreased slightly.

Raw Materials

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New Hop Varieties 2020
The New Brewer: Raw Materials

From All Directions

Contessa. Nectaron. Harlequin. Talus. Those are not the names of characters in the next Marvel movie. Instead, they are recently christened hop varieties.

Malt Peaks and Valleys 2020
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Peaks and Valleys

Even in normal times, barley farming is riddled with unknowns—it is at best a fickle partnership with Mother Nature. A pandemic adds demand uncertainty to the mix.

BA 2020 Hop Usage Survey
The New Brewer: Raw Materials

2020 BA Hop Usage Survey

The 13th annual Brewers Association survey provides a look at the top 10 hop varieties and a by-the-numbers snapshot of hop usage by craft brewers.

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