Getting local ingredients year-round seems impossible.
Brewers and craft beer drinkers prefer fresh local ingredients, but finding quality ingredients throughout the year can be a challenge.
Fresh, local, hops in any season.
Austin brewers can now get quality local hops all year long. Your neighbors at SK Hops are growing delightful, bitter, aromatic hops in an expansive state of the art greenhouse.
Current Hops Varieties
One of the most popular American hops of all time, representing around 10% of all hops grown in the US. When brewed Cascade exudes a distinct spicy citrus aroma with hints of grapefruit. Well suited to just about any ale and lager, its use is particularly popular in American Pale Ales.
Centennial owes its existence to a mix of Brewer’s Gold, Fuggle, East Kent Golding and Bavarian hops. It is often referred to as Super Cascade, because of its similar citric characteristic. This hop in its versatility with its depth of bitterness and forward aroma – two characteristics that balance each other beautifully. It is well suited to Pale Ales and IPAs with its high alpha content and is floral in both flavor and aroma.
Chinook has recently grown in popularity, particularly among craft breweries. Chinook hops are suitable for any stage of the boil. They’re not only a natural for
American-style Pale Ales and IPAs, but they also find their way into seasonal ales, barley wine and some porters and stouts. The variety is a cross between Petham Golding and a USDA male and features a piney, spicy bouquet with robust flavors of grapefruit.
Comet has an intriguing parentage of English Sunshine and a native American hop, bringing out a “wild American” flavor. Comet’s flavor profile rests heavily on a strong accent of grapefruit. It does feature solid bittering capabilities and traditionally brewers considered it best suited as a bittering agent for American-style lagers. Recently, however, there has been a surge in its use as a dry-hop in ales and IPA’s.
Crystal’s woodsy, green, floral and fruity with herb and spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper. Extremely versatile, it’s even used for its notable aromatic qualities in IPAs and Bitters despite its low alpha acid content. Crystal is used in a great variety of beers from Rogue Brutal Bitters to Mountain Sun’s Belgian Dip Chocolate Stout.
East Kent Golding
East Kent Golding is often thought of as the ultimate English hop. It has an amazing aroma profile with lavender, spice, honey, and notes of thyme. Flavor-wise it is earthy and mildly bittering with a sweet, silky, honey-like character. East Kent Golding is considered to be the quintessential English hop, long held as one of the island's favorites for ales and pale ales.
Horizon is a versatile hop with some star qualities. Its high myrcene and high farnesene content give it some great aroma and flavor notes too, both floral and citrusy. It has been picked up by several craft brewers and is a star at North by Northwest brewery in Austin, Texas where it is used in its top three classic brews, as well as in their specialty beers from time to time.
Magnum is grown on limited acreage in the US but what is produced has an excellent
bittering profile and a nice, hoppy, floral aroma and subtle characters of citrus. It is considered to be notably good for strong ales like IPA’s and Imperial beers but is also said to shine well in Lagers and Pilsners.
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