When breweries contract their hops usage at least three years in advance, it lets hops growers better project the varieties to grow and whether to expand the farms, helps prevent shortages or overages, and creates more stability in the hops market.
Interested in growing your own hops? Start planning now, and then follow these seven simple steps.
Stan Hieronymus gives you the lowdown on some new hops varieties, including German ones that American brewers are clamoring to try.
Unless you're using all your fresh hops at once, it's time to store them for future beer.
In farm fields and residential backyards across the country and around the world, hops harvest 2014 is well underway.