Why you shouldn’t count on average hop yields

Hop farmers have an old saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s in the bale.” Hop farming in the U.S. today is more business oriented and technologically advanced than any other country. Due to the climate, hop farmers in the Pacific Northwest control and precisely monitor inputs more accurately than anywhere else. Satellite […]

2017 State of the Hop Industry

April 2017 Today, the hop industry enjoys a popularity the likes of which it has never before enjoyed. Hop varieties appear on beer labels. Brewers swarm to hop farms at harvest time to catch a glimpse of hop harvest. Nearly the entire crop is contracted. Craft brewers talk of sustainability of the hop industry. On […]

Who sets hop prices – Part 1

Events unfolding in 2017 will determine the course for hop prices for the next generation. In the past growers, merchants and brewers always traveled a well-worn path. When standing at a similar crossroads, they followed the animal spirit. That path leads to boom and bust cycles. It is a path that brings shortage causing skyrocketing […]

The crisis that can destroy the hop industry

The March 1 Hop Stocks report collected by the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistical Service (USDA NASS) is typically not fully appreciated by anybody and therefore only given a cursory glance. In 2017, however, this is very likely the most significant report you will read until harvest numbers are released. Hidden in […]