Colorado Grown Hops

Colorado Grown Hops

After growing hops in our back yard for our own hobby home brewing, we woke up one day to see an ever expanding local craft beer market. Craft Beer has grown exponentially in Colorado, and right at our back door steps! We decided that with our land and water, that we could do what we do best, and that is grow, and this time grow hops! We hope to have our hops in some local brews this fall, and look forward to hearing and working with any brewery along the front range.

Here is what we will be growing and expanding in 2015:

Cascade Hops

alpha acid: 9.5-11.5% / beta acid: 4.0-5.0%

Cascade is an aroma-type cultivar which originated as the first commercial hop from the USDA-ARS breeding program. It was bred in 1956 but not released for cultivation until 1972. It reached its peak in 1975 when it produced 13.3% of the total American crop. It was obtained by crossing an English Fuggle with a male plant with a Fuggle male plant.

Centennial Hops

alpha acid: 9.5-11.5% / beta acid: 4.0-5.0%

Centennial is an aroma-type cultivar, bred in 1974 and released in 1990. The genetic composition is 3/4 Brewers Gold, 3/32 Fuggle, 1/16 East Kent Golding, 1/32 Bavarian and 1/16 unknown. Described by some as a “Super Cascade”. Some even use it for aroma as well as bittering. Bitterness is quite clean and can have floral notes depending on the boil time.

Chinook Hops

alpha acid: 12.0-14.0% / beta acid: 3.0-4.0%

Chinook is a bittering variety with aroma characteristics released in May, 1985. A high alpha acid hop with a wonderful herbal, almost smoky character when used as an aromatic during the last few minutes of the boil when dry hoping. Excellent for hopping American-style Pale Ales, especially those brewed to higher gravities.

Zeus / CTZ Hops

alpha acid: 13.0-17.0% / beta acid: 4.5-6.5%

A super high alpha American hybrid very similar to Columbus. (Like lawsuit similar!) Alpha acids reported as high as 20%. Cones have high lupulin content and makes a “heady” IPA. A high powered hop with good aroma and bittering. Brews similar to Columbus but has larger, looser cone sets.

Saaz Hops

alpha acid: 1.0%-3.0% / beta acid: 7.0-8.0%

Saaz is the traditional noble hop for true pilsner beer. Saaz is famous for its spicy, clean bitterness. Saaz is a “noble” variety of hops. It was named after the Czech city of Žatec (German: Saaz).

Brewer’s Gold Hops

alpha acid: 5.0-9.0% / beta acid: 2.5-3.5%

Spicy, fruity characteristics, hints of black currant. Brewer’s Gold is a British bittering hop developed in 1919. Both Brewer’s Gold and Bullion are seedlings of BB1 (found wild in Manitoba).

Mt Hood Hops

alpha acid: 4.0-6.0% / beta acid: 5.0-7.5%

Mt. Hood is a triploid aroma-type cultivar, the 1983 result of a cross between the colchicine – induced tetraploid female Hallertau mf (USDA 21397) and the USDA 19058M, male plant. It is a half-sister to Ultra, Liberty and Crystal. A good choice for lagers.

Fuggle Hops

alpha acid: 3.8-5.5% / beta acid: 1.5-2.0%

Fuggle is an aroma-type cultivar selected in England as a chance seedling in 1861. It reached its peak in the U.K. in 1949 when 78% of the English crops were grown as Fuggle.

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1 Comment

  1. Bill Bauerle


    I am hoping to grow a couple of Saaz hop plants in a greenhouse at CSU for testing. Can you help obtain a couple of plants?

    Thank you,

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