Germany produces the most hops in the world, followed by the United States.
What do hops and potatoes have in common?
Hop plants prefer the same soils as potatoes, so it makes sense that the leading potato- growing states in the United States are also major hop-producing areas. Hops production, like potato-growing, is concentrated in moist temperate climates.
How are hop flavors and aromas described in beer?
Hop flavors and aromas are described using these general terms: grassy, floral, citrusy, spicy, piney, lemony, grapefruity, and earthy. Hops are added at different times during the brewing process to contribute to the aroma and flavor of the finished beer. Hops contain bitter-tasting compounds that vary greatly between hop variety and between years
in the same variety.
Originally published in our Craft Beer Club's Micro Brew News, Saint Arnold Brewing Company edition.