Hop conesCheck out this video regarding the process of growing hops and the history of where it has come from.  It is a great 5-minute presentation.

Definition – Hops are the female flower clusters (commonly called seed cones or strobiles), of a hop species, Humulus lupulus.[1] They are used primarily as a flavoring and stability agent in beer, to which they impart a bitter, tangy flavor, though hops are also used for various purposes in other beverages and herbal medicine. Source Wikipedia


Question – Do you know where the most Hops are grown in the United States?

Answer – Yakima Valley, Washington

To determine the best hops, many brew masters use aromatics to determine the best quality. Check out this list of hops and their associated aromatic description. Source BeerAdvocate

In addition, hops are also being looked at as an additive for feeds as an alternative to antibiotics. Source Science News

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