OUR HOP FRESHNESS PROGRAM is designed to ensure that all the hops we sell are of the highest quality. In our ongoing effort to give you access to quality beer making supplies, we know that the hop characteristics you seek in your homebrew are important to you. It's important to us, too!
Here are some of the key elements of the program that we believe ensures the quality of our inventory stock.
Our Hop Storage Refrigerator
Take note about the potential longevity of hops. When pelletized and stored in oxygen-barrier bags at cold temperatures to reduce oxidation, hops can remain in good condition for 3 to 4 years. Often, we open bags of well stored hops that are 3 or 4 years old and they smell extremely fresh and fill the room with aroma! The hop distributors generally sell hops in bulk by crop year making several years available at any given time. It is incorrect to believe that hops must be from the most recent crop year to be aromatic and excellent quality. This is why we allow more than one crop year in our inventory. But to ensure the highest level of confidence, we aim to maintain only the two most recent crop years in our inventory.
You can plan for fresh hop crop releases in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. This may not seem intuitive. If hops are only harvested from the hop yard once a year, how is this possible? Consider a couple factors that make it so.
So, watch for our hop release emails throughout the year, and plan on fresh hopped beer throughout all the seasons!