Birth of a hop

I found this article at Craft Beer to be a fascinating study on how a hop variety comes to be. It’s not too deep and there’s some nice historical information there as well but there’s also plenty on how plants are cultivated and new varieties are grown.

I had no idea that hops were one of the most labor intensive crops in the world, though! That could mean some very interesting things for the price of beer in the future, as hops become more and more relevant to the styles people want to drink.

 

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