Hops are a critical ingredient in the creation of beer. Without them, beer would simply not be beer. The flavors and aromas they deliver in various styles of IPAs, Pale Ales, etc. are typically what stand out in those styles. And, for beers where they aren’t as prevalent, such as stouts and porters, hops are still a critical part of the brewing process and a necessity for brewers to deliver a high-quality finished product.
In Session 32 of the Breaking Brews Podcast, host Jason Cercone and Brian Tennis, Owner of the Michigan Hop Alliance, take an in-depth look at the world of hops and discuss many important aspects you may not know about this wonderfully diverse flower.
Hops are the flowers of the hop plant Humulus Lupulus. They are used primarily as a bittering, flavoring, and stability agent in beer, to which, in addition to bitterness, they impart floral, fruity, or citrus flavors and aromas. Hops are also used for various purposes in other beverages and herbal medicine.
In this episode, Brian drops plenty of knowledge about hops – including how many varieties are currently in commercial use, how breweries obtain these vital ingredients and how difficult some of them can be to get your hands on, how his business works with customers nationwide to deliver high-quality hops, best hop harvesting practices, how single hop beers can give you a true indication of the flavors and aromas each featured hop delivers, and much more.
If you are looking for a source of hops, Michigan Hop Alliance can help you out. You can learn more about the Michigan Hop Alliance by catching up with Brian and his crew online:
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