16 Jun '12, 9am

Organic Hop Market Expands, Thanks to Uncle Sam

Organic Hop Market Expands, Thanks to Uncle Sam

While organic barley has been readily available to brewers since 2004, high quality and desired varieties of hops have been another story. I explain why hops are important to brewers using an artistic “Crayon Box”-analogy. Non-organic brewers have 64 colors in their crayon box (hops) with which to make beautiful art (beer); organic brewers only have 24 colors in their crayon box, and while the art is equally beautiful with those same colors, the selection of only primary colors and a few specialties limits the hues and tones of our organic art. Personally, I’ve used the reduced palate of color as a challenge to brew more varied beers like Chocolate Stout using organic cocoa for a rich texture and bitterness, or Honey Basil Ale using organic honey and organic basil to add nuance and flavor to the brew. In the years ahead, I see my organic hop Crayon Box being nearly as full...

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