Let Yourself Be Advised, Drink Helles
Coca-Cola was first sold in bottles in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on March 12, 1894. Just nine days later on March 21 of the same year, the Spaten Brewery of Munich, Germany, debuted something quite different: The world’s first Helles lager. Today Coca-Cola claims to sell over 1.9 billion servings of their dark soft drink each day. […]
2023 Hop Crop Outlook
The 2023 hop harvest is rolling in! Whether you’re contracting your hop needs for 2024, purchasing on spot, or a combination, here’s a preview of what to expect from this crop year: USA In the US, all indications point to a normal year in terms of yield, and quality is expected to be good. In […]
Make it Pop with German Saphir Hops
Guten Tag, hop sniffers, and welcome to this edition of Smell & Tell. Let’s all grab a barstool and get acquainted with Saphir, a German aroma hop grown and known for its enticing bouquet of floral, spicy, and citrus properties. Released in 2002 by the Hop Research Council in Hüll, Saphir was developed to resist the pesky […]
Aurum & Diamant: Brewhouse Trials with Two New German Hops
In the midst of the dreary winter months, there’s something new to get excited about. New hop varieties Aurum and Diamant from Germany are coming to the US, and we asked Marble Brewery of Albuquerque, New Mexico to give them a trial run.
German Hop Update – June 2020
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.
Meet HVG, Your German Hopportunity
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.
In the Industry: German Hops with Carlos Ruiz
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.
Grower Profile: Anton & Beate Schlagbauer, Plank
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.
Grower Profile: Bartholomäus & Eleonore Obster, Peterlippl Farm
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.
Grower Profile: Karl & Marion Pichlmeyer, Beim Pichlmeyer
Karl and Marion Pichlmeyer operate Beim Pichlmeyer, the 4th-generation farm in Bavaria where sustainability, quality, and passion for hops are their focus.