Hail to the New Hop Varieties
Bringing new hop varieties to market requires a minimum of 10 years of trial and error. Out of 40,000-some new seedlings every year, perhaps one will display the perfect storm of high yield, disease resistance, and unique flavors and aromas. This year was a bumper crop for new breeds, as farmers debuted the floral, Caribbean-flavored Equinox (lime and papayas), and America’s once-wild Neomexicanus hop found a home in Sierra Nevada’s latest Harvest IPA release. Germany also entered the fray, rolling out the tangerine-tinged Mandarina Bavaria, honeydew-like Hull Melon, and passionfruit-imbued Hallertau Blanc. The next generation of flavor has arrived.
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