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R&D scientist Nicholi Pitra, Sales & Marketing Director Doug Wilson and Sierra Nevada's Raw Materials Manager Tom Neilson take a look at what's next in hops in our second installment of our 2 part hop breeding webinar.
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Hops Across Hemispheres
Quick Tour: Harvest in Germany
Farmers, breeders, and brewers are all hard at work across the globe preparing this year's harvest. Check out this short video to see what Harvest looks—and sounds—like in Germany.
While our harvest tour has been focused on our Yakima Valley operations, our teams are supporting harvest across the globe. From innovative new breeding programs in Germany, to sourcing new products in New Zealand, our dedication goes beyond the border.
We stop at nothing to bring you the best hops. That's why we source them from across the globe.
Our innovative breeding program in the US has helped propel the industry forward, discovering new flavor profiles and addressed agricultural concerns. Now, we've brought this next-level technology to Germany, where our team has already identified a genetic marker for Downy Mildew. Check out Solero™, our most recent innovation to be born, bred, and farmed in Germany.
The US and Germany may have similar total acreage of hop farms (more than 50,000 acres each), but farms in Germany look a lot different than those in the US. With more than 1000 individual farms in Germany, and only 60 or so in the US, German farms are divided into much smaller farming plots.
Today, Germany dominates the alpha (bitter) hop market while the US leads in aroma varieties. Why is that? We can look to the US craft beer explosion in the early 2000s. This shift to craft shook up the hop industry in the US and, in 2012, production started shifting away from alpha varieties, to focus more on aroma.
One major difference between the US and Germany: irrigation. Whereas US farms depend on irrigation to water their crops, Germany does not. The result? In the US, yields can be more consistent year after year due to the constant supply of water, whereas yields in Germany rely more so on Mother Nature and can vary based on weather.