We have four hops varieties planted in significant numbers that have proven to grow well in North Carolina. Two were tested by Papa’s Hops in 2016 and the other has been grown for several years by NC State.
In 2019, we replaced our Southern Cross variety. It flourished vegetatively but when North Carolina heat kicked in, it produced very few hops.
We have planted a proprietary hop called Michigan Copper. Its parentage has done well in North Carolina's climate and we expect it to flourish. It has a complex aroma and a great reputation from brewers that have used it.
Just prior to harvesting a hop variety, a sample of hops is collected and sent for oil analysis. So when you purchase our hops you will have an accurate analysis of the oil profile.
Research has been done on the Cascade variety that shows where a hop is produced results in a unique ratio of oils to the same variety produced in a different environment. What this means is that hops produced in North Carolina will be similar to the same variety produced elsewhere, but it will not be identical. We encourage you to try hops produced in North Carolina to produce North Carolina brewed beer!
A very vigorous diploid hop of French- Canadian origin. Canadian Red Vine can be traced back to some of the earliest hop yards in North America, including the first hop yard in the state of New York, which began in Madison County in the early 1800s. The variety, which is believed to be of North American origin, according to researchers familiar with the plant, is known for its vigor and high yields. In trials conducted by North Carolina State it has thrived and produced heavy cone clusters and good yields. It is a low alpha, high cohumulone profile. Flavors have been described as mild flavors of cherry, berries, pine and even citrus.
Released in 1982, the Nugget is a diploid cross between Brewer's Gold and a high alpha-acid male with good storage properties. It is an important high alpha bittering variety in the US as well as Germany. It has a cluster cone structure that is heavy, tight and moderately long. The lupulin from the Nugget is abundant with a yellow-orange color. Nugget Hops has an acute bitterness from its 9.5%-14.0% alpha acid content. It provides the umph in many beer styles that require the hop jolt including imperial style ales. It is a dual use hop that has a herbal aroma. It has a relatively low co-humulone oil content. The myrcene oil is on the high side, which helps provide some of the woody tones.
A super high alpha American hybrid very similar to Columbus. (Like lawsuit similar!) Alpha acids reported as high as 20%. Cones have high lupulin content and makes a “heady” IPA. A high- powered hop with good aroma and bittering. Aroma descriptors include pungent, black pepper, licorice, and curry. Zeus brews like Columbus but has larger, looser cone sets. The alpha acids are very high- 13-17% with relatively low beta acids- 4.5-6.5%.
Michigan Copper was first bred in 2014 and since then it has gained traction and praise across the United States. It is described as a vigorous super-aroma hop with very fragrant floral and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Alphas & betas acids have averaged 8.81- 10.5 & 220.127.116.11 respectively, Cohumulone < 32%, and oils potentially reaching 1.75 ml/100g or higher.
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