HOP VARIETIES

We offer a diverse range of hop varieties that cover a wide spectrum of hop flavors, aromatics, and bitterness.  Our own breeding program was launched in 2009, so that we’d be able to offer unique and exciting hops to the market in addition to our USDA offerings.  Strata is the first hop from our breeding program, launched into the market from our 2018 crop.  A new age has begun, and we’re excited!

We also focus on USDA “public” varieties that are proven performers in beer and at the farms. The hops we offer are grown under contract directly with farms, and we’re in the fields frequently to evaluate progress and participate in harvest maturity decisions.

 

NEW INDIE HOPS

Indie Hops - Strata Hop BreedStrata, formerly known as X-331, is Indie Hops’ first hop variety to be released out of our breeding program. Born in 2009, Strata is the progeny of an open pollinated Perle located in an Oregon State experimental hop yard. From the get-go, this hop was out to impress. Between its strong disease resistance, vigorous growth habit, and complex layers of aroma, x331 rose to the top of an impressive group of competitors.

Meridian Hop Variety - Indie HopsIn 2011, we attempted to revive the variety “Columbia,” a full sister to Willamette. Not widely grown, we thought this overlooked variety might find favor with craft brewers, so planted a field. The first harvest (2012) brought us hops that clearly were not in the aroma/flavor genre of Columbia, and genetic testing confirmed this.  Turns out the plant material we propagated from was of unknown origin and had taken over hills thought to be Columbia. The good news is, this unknown hop carried alluring brewing qualities, yet we knew nothing about it! A “trial” phase was in order. Despite brewer interest, we had to contain the hop while evaluating for disease resistance and consistent character.  By 2015 we were convinced of the hop’s stability and began to expand under the trade name Meridian.

ALL VARIETIES

CASCADE
CASCADE
CASCADE
Mt. Hood - Hop Breed
HOP HISTORY

Originally selected as a potential supplement to Fuggle, Cascade’s aroma quickly distinguished the variety as independent from any previous groupings of brewing hops, launching Cascade down a path of its own. One of the first distinctive aroma hops released by the USDA breeding program at Oregon State University (1972), Cascade defined “American Craft Ale” during the first decades of the craft brewing revolution.

BREWING PROFILE
Despite showing more variation in recent years and lacking the “drama” of the newest varieties, Cascade is still very useful for its pleasant resiny base holding up bright citrus and floral aromas.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acid 5 - 8%
Beta Acid 4 - 7%
Cohumulone 40%
Total Oil 0.8 - 1.5mls/100g
Myrcene 45 - 60%
Humulene 10 - 16%
Caryophyllene 3 - 6%
Farnesene 4 - 8%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Centennial
Centennial
Centennial
centennial hop breed
HOP HISTORY

Once referred to as “Super Cascade”, Centennial was released in 1990 by the USDA Prosser, Washington facility from a cross involving Brewer’s Gold, Fuggle, East Kent Golding, a dash of this and a dash of that. Lack of macro brewery interest nearly rang the death bell for Centennial before craft brewers threw out a lifeline.

BREWING PROFILE
A remarkably floral hop with tropical (esp. pineapple) and citrus aromas. Grown in Oregon, Centennial is typically not as resinous as it is from other regions but has an appealing multi-layered fruitiness. Unfortunately, it is also a temperamental hop to grow, sometimes limiting supply.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acid 9.5 - 11.5%
Beta Acid 3.5 - 4.5%
Cohumulone 29 - 30%
Total Oil 1.5-2.3mls/100g
Myrcene 45 - 55%
Humulene 10 - 18%
Caryophyllene 5 - 8%
Farnesene <1%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
CHINOOK
CHINOOK
CHINOOK
Chinook Hop Breed
HOP HISTORY

Chinook was released in 1985 by USDA – Prosser, WA from a cross of  Petham Golding and a USDA high alpha male. Considered a high alpha hop at the time, its piney-resiny flavor and rich grapefruit-citrus aroma now puts it very much in the craft aroma category.

BREWING PROFILE
Oregon grown Chinook is not as sharply piney-resiny as Chinook grown in Yakima. It has a more complex and fruity-floral character somewhat like Centennial, with a milder version of pine-resin-grapefruit still present.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acid 12 - 14%
Beta Acid 3.5 - 4.5%
Cohumulone 33%
Total Oil 1.5 - 2.2mls/100g
Myrcene 35 - 40%
Humulene 22%
Caryophyllene 10%
Farnesene <1%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
CRYSTAL
CRYSTAL
CRYSTAL
Crystal Hop Breed
HOP HISTORY

One of the 4 Hallertau mf. crosses released form USDA – Corvallis, OR (1993).  Crystal took the most dramatic fork in the road likely due to sharing some of its pedigree with Cascade.

BREWING PROFILE
Oregon grown Crystal has the gentle orange background found in all Crystal but also a little rhubarb twang and slight new American hop funk that is excellent in 'american-hybrid’ style lager, kolsch, and other refreshing but flavor-hopped beers. Kind of fun that a Hallertau mf. analog has found its way into plenty of IPA recipes too.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acid 3.5 - 5%
Beta Acid 5 - 6.5%
Cohumulone 21 - 26%
Total Oil 1.0 - 1.3mls/100g
Myrcene 40 - 50%
Humulene 20 - 26%
Caryophyllene 6 - 8%
Farnesene <1%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Horizon
Horizon
Horizon
horizon hop breed
HOP HISTORY

Originally developed as a high alpha, low cohumulone variety (back when low cohumulone was associated with pleasant bitterness), Horizon has settled in as a niche player more in downstream flavor/aroma uses rather than traditional bittering.

BREWING PROFILE
Notes of herbal and floral aromas with a backdrop of dried wood shavings. Horizon adds an appearance of more body to session beers.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acid 11 - 15%
Beta Acid 5 - 8%
Cohumulone 19%
Total Oil 1.5 - 2.5mls/100g
Myrcene 60 - 70%
Humulene 9%
Caryophyllene 6%
Farnesene 2%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Liberty
Liberty
Liberty
liberty Hop Breed
HOP HISTORY

Liberty followed Mt. Hood in 1992, the second release of USDA Hallertau mf. analogs. Why did they release another?  Seems that even though the oil “fingerprints” were a close match to Hallertau mf., real world brewing results and human sensory detected differences.

BREWING PROFILE
Mild, refreshing aroma of flowers and spice. Ranging between lemon pepper and orange marmalade. A classic for sure that is well proven in lager beers, wheat/summer ales and Kolsch.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acid 4 - 6%
Beta Acid 3.5 - 4.5%
Cohumulone 29 - 30%
Total Oil 1.5 - 2.3mls/100g
Myrcene 45 - 55%
Humulene 10 - 18%
Caryophyllene 5 - 8%
Farnesene <1%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
MERIDIAN
MERIDIAN
MERIDIAN
Meridian - Hop breed
HOP HISTORY

In 2011, we attempted to revive the variety “Columbia”, a full sister to Willamette. Not widely grown, we thought this overlooked variety might find favor with craft brewers, so planted a field. The first harvest (2012) brought us hops that clearly were not in the aroma/flavor genre of Columbia, and genetic testing confirmed this.  Turns out the plant material we propagated from was of unknown origin and had taken over hills thought to be Columbia. The good news is, this unknown hop carried alluring brewing qualities, yet we knew nothing about it! A “trial” phase was in order. Despite brewer interest, we had to contain the hop while evaluating for disease resistance and consistent character.  By 2015 we were convinced of the hop’s stability and began to expand under the trade name Meridian.

BREWING PROFILE
Meridian delivers a mix of tropical, berry, and citrus fruitiness with a hint of spearmint. A “top note” hop, nice in a saison, wit, or farmhouse, it can also be combined with more aggressive hops in IPAs to brighten the overall impression of the beer and lend a seductive finish.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acid 5 - 6.5%
Beta Acid 7 - 8%
Cohumulone 50.1%
Total Oil 1.1 - 1.6mls/100grams
Myrcene 40 - 64.4%
Humulene 9 - 17.6%
Caryophyllene 4 - 8.%
Farnesene <1%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood Hop Breed
HOP HISTORY

The first of 4 Hallertau mf. half-sisters released from USDA – Corvallis, in an effort to develop USA-grown alternatives to Hallertau mf.

BREWING PROFILE
Mt Hood is distinctive among her half sisters for her noble spice-wood character, with a touch of mintiness. Great for classic lagers, both light and dark.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acids 5 - 8%
Beta Acids 5 - 7.5%
Cohumulone 22 - 23%
Total Oil 1.0 - 1.3mls/100g
Myrcene 55 - 65%
Humulene 26-30%
Caryophyllene 26 - 30%
Farnesene <1%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Nugget
Nugget
Nugget
HOP HISTORY

A USDA high alpha variety, released in 1983, which helped Willamette Valley growers to compete in the alpha market.  As with many hop varieties, Nugget has been found useful for more than bittering applications by the growing craft marketplace.

BREWING PROFILE
Exceptionally clean for 12.5% - 14.5% alpha hop with a mild herbal-spice aroma.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acids 11 - 15%
Beta Acids 3 - 8%
Cohumulone 26%
Total Oil 1.2 - 2.3 mls/100g
Myrcene 50 - 60%
Humulene 17%
Caryphyllene 10%
Farnesene <1%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Perle
Perle
Perle
Perle Hop Breed
HOP HISTORY

Bred from Northern Brewer at the German Institute for Hop Research, Perle has adapted well to growing conditions in the northwestern US.  Alpha acids tend to be lower when US-grown, and usage has leaned toward aroma/flavor.

BREWING PROFILE
Tastes like good German beer that is better yet with festive food! Continental herbal spice character, often with ein hint of mint.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acids 8 - 10%
Beta Acids 4 - 5%
Cohumulone 28%
Total Oil 0.6 - 1.2mls/100g
Myrcene 44%
Humulene 28%
Caryophyllene 10%
Farnesene <1%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
SANTIAM
SANTIAM
SANTIAM
Santiam Hop Breed
HOP HISTORY

Mid-twentieth century saw plenty of effort by USDA hop breeding to develop a USA-grown alternative to German Hallertau mf.  A handful of other “noble” European hops were also pursued, leading to Santiam’s release in 1997 after work on crosses with a Swiss Tettnanger female and Hallertau mf. male. The target was an alternative to German Tettnanger, and similarity is certainly there, with some New World twists.

BREWING PROFILE
Lends a distinctive dried apricot/peach flavor and aroma which combines well with citrusy hops for multi-dimensional beers. Fruity, smooth, and mildly earthy. Excellent in craft lagers, wheat ales, and pale ales as a main player, and in hoppier beers to add dimension.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acids 5 - 7%
Beta Acids 6 - 8%
Cohumulone 22 - 24%
Total Oil 1.3 - 1.5mls/100g
Myrcene 30 - 45%
Humulene 20 - 26%
Caryophyllene 6 - 8%
Farnesene 10 - 14%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Sterling
Sterling
Sterling
Sterling Hop Breed
HOP HISTORY

Sterling is the result of a noble goal;  a replacement for Czech Saaz that would grow successfully in the USA. Released from USDA-Corvallis, OR in 1998 it is the result of cross between Saaz, Cascade, Brewers Gold, and others.

BREWING PROFILE
A beautiful hop, bred from Saaz, in the floral-spice family of hop flavor rather than a ‘big fruit’ kind of hop. Bold enough to brighten ales as well as lagers, Sterling blends well with other hops to contribute a spicy finish.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acids 6 - 9%
Beta Acids 4 - 6%
Cohumulone 24%
Total Oil 1.3 - 1.9mls/100g
Myrcene 46%
Humulene 19 - 23%
Caryophyllene 5 - 7%
Farnesene 11 - 17%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
STRATA
STRATA
STRATA
Strata - Hop breed
HOP HISTORY

Strata, formally known as X-331, is Indie Hops’ first hop variety to be released out of our breeding program. Born in 2009, Strata is the progeny of an open pollinated Perle located at an Oregon State University experimental field in Corvallis, Oregon. From the get-go, this hop was out to impress. Between its strong disease resistance, vigorous growing habit, and complex layers of aroma, x331 rose to the top of an impressive group of competitors.

BREWING PROFILE
An IPA/Session-IPA/Pale Ale (and believe it or don’t, lager hop) with many layers of different fruit flavor, dried and fresh, anchored with a dried chili-cannabis-funk that does not have any diesel, machine oil, or catty ‘baggage’. Late hot side additions bring out layers of rounded-tropical plus bright-fresh fruit flavors; dry hopping yields more grapefruit and cannabis. Nice with roasted malts too.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acid 11 - 12.5%
Beta Acid 5 - 6%
Cohumulone 21%
Total Oil 2.3 - 3.5mls/100g
Myrcene 52 - 65%
Humulene 22 - 30%
Caryophyllene 5 - 12.5%
Farnesene <1%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
US Fuggle
US Fuggle
US Fuggle
US Fuggle Hop Breed
HOP HISTORY

An Old English classic, Fuggle has been at home in Oregon’s Willamette Valley since the early 1900’s. The hop developed so well here that “Oregon Fuggles” became synonymous with premium Fuggle hops grown in the USA.

BREWING PROFILE
An old world English hop grown in the Willamette Valley. Understated, but with a welcome, herbal-floral character. An excellent “base” hop that works in many styles.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acid 4 - 5%
Beta Acid 2 - 3%
Cohumulone 27%
Total Oil 0.5 - 1 mls/100g
Myrcene 43%
Humulene 27%
Caryophyllene 9%
Farnesene 4%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
US Golding
US Golding
US Golding
US Golding Hop Breed
HOP HISTORY

Since its introduction to the US in 1993, this English variety has grown well in Oregon, producing a pleasant English hop aroma.

BREWING PROFILE
Oregon grown Golding typically has aromas somewhere between the tobacco/licorice fruit-spice of U.K. Golding and the brighter orange marmalade fruitiness of Styrian Golding.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acid 5 - 6%
Beta Acid 2 - 3%
Cohumulone 29%
Total Oil 0.8 - 1.0mls/100g
Myrcene 46%
Humulene 25-30%
Caryophyllene 8-9%
Farnesene <1%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
US Tettnanger
US Tettnanger
US Tettnanger
US Tettnanger Hop Breed
HOP HISTORY

A misnomer in the USA, what is generally grown and sold as US Tettnang is not a true Tettnanger at all, but rather the Old English hop Fuggle.  Goes way back we’re told, but since many brewers know this hop as “US Tettnang”…we list it as such.

BREWING PROFILE
Understated, but with a welcome, herbal-floral character. An excellent “base” hop that works in many styles.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acid 4 - 5%
Beta Acid 2 - 3%
Cohumulone 27%
Total Oil 0.5-1.0mls/100g
Myrcene 43%
Humulene 27%
Caryophyllene 9%
Farnesene 4%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Willamette
Willamette
Willamette
Willamette Hop Breed
HOP HISTORY

Named for the valley in which it was born, Willamette holds a powerful place in USA aroma hop history.  Anheuser-Busch wanted an aroma hop with consistent high yields and mild continental aroma. An emphasis was placed on “mild” for balance in their light-bodied flagship beer Budweiser.  Fuggle parentage produced a solid result, mild and pleasant, so an English Ale hop finds its genetic material in the largest selling light American pilsner brand, and is still A-B’s favorite aroma variety.  Craft brewers know a good thing when they smell it too, embracing Willamette as a solid hop to keep in their quiver.

BREWING PROFILE
Very similar to US Fuggle- understated, but with a welcome, herbal-floral character, plus a hint of vanilla. An excellent “base” hop that works in many styles.
CHEMISTRY
Alpha Acids 5 - 8%
Beta Acids 3 - 5%
Cohumulone 29 - 35%
Total Oil 0.8 - 1.2mls/100g
Myrcene 45 - 50%
Humulene 18 - 22%
Caryophyllene 6 - 7%
Farnesene 4 - 6%
FORM AND PACKAGE SIZE
Type 90 Pellets
5 kg/11 lbs; 10 kg/22 lbs.; and 20 kg/ 44 lbs.
All in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
Whole Cone Hops
Full 200-lb. bales (synthetic woven covers).
50-lb. "¼ bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.
12-lb. "Mini bales" in nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils.

CONTRACT, OR "SPOT"?

Good Question!

Forward contracting hops is the best way to secure supply and ensure quality via post harvest selection. But you’re obligated to the hops, and how far into the future can you predict your beer sales and specifc ingredients needs? Some of us aren’t even sure of what happened yesterday! Each brewery needs to determine how to manage their future supply risks, based on their evolving business. What is the right balance between forward contracting and “spot” purchasing for you? Yes…good question.

We offer forward contracts and “spot” hops. Forward contracts help us balance future inventory, so we offer volume discounts to customers who are able to commit to bulk volumes from a future crop. We try to keep inventory available for post harvest “spot” ordering, based on where we feel demand is heading for any given hop variety.

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