Across the fields and farms of Germany, hop bines begin their climb towards the sky as the summer rolls on. Here, we have a glimpse into the 2020 German hop crop, and updates from HVG regarding them.
Fact; 80% of German hop production gets exported all over the world. That level of hop coordination, quality management, and commitment requires intense dedication and reliability to German hops. This is easily found in one such cooperative in Germany.
Overseeing numerous international accounts, from the various hop farms of Germany to your local brewery, is no small feat. Luckily, Carlos Ruiz of HVG (Hop Processing Cooperative) is up to the task. Carlos is the International Sales Manager over at HVG, a partner and friend to hop growers in Germany. Carlos took the time to chat with BSG about what he does over at HVG, his favorite parts of his job, what HVG does, and even a couple exciting upcoming German hops.
Founded in 1820 by Johann Schlagbauer (although, as is the case with many farms in Hallertau, hops were already being grown here) Anton and Beate are the 6thgeneration to farm Plank.
Bartholomäus and Eleonore are the 10thgeneration of Obsters to farm Peterlippl, which was founded in 1661 by Kaspar Heckmaier. Growing a mix of traditional and new varieties, the Obsters are above all quality-oriented.
“With the Weyermann® Harvest Bier (Erntebier) we revive an almost forgotten, old brewing tradition. It was brewed to nourish and reward hard-working farmers and harvest workers during their strenuous work. Despite the slightly lower alcohol content, it presents a pleasant hop note, and the creamy mouthfeel turns this brew into a tasty and refreshing beer.”
Karl and Marion Pichlmeyer operate Beim Pichlmeyer, the 4th-generation farm in Bavaria where sustainability, quality, and passion for hops are their focus.