Hop Head Farms is more than just a hop broker, by engaging directly with the growers throughout the season we ensure highest quality hops for our brewing customers. We contract directly with producers in Germany, Slovenia and the Czech Republic who are chosen for their commitment to quality, and who understand the needs of the craft brewer. Routine farms visits and facility inspections, ensure adherence to best practices. Our guidance on harvest timing for each farm, field, and variety, hand selection and refrigeration throughout the cold chain from harvest to processing, result in world-class hops for our brewing customers.
Overseas, through our closely managed Network Grower Program, we produce traditional European varieties such as Mittelfrüh, Tettnang, and Saaz, among others, and the newer “flavor” hops developed at the Hopfenforschungszentrum Hüll (Hop Research Institute, Hüll). Mandarina Bavaria, Hallertau Blanc, and Hüll Melon, all released in 2012, share parentage of U.S. Cascade.
More recent and entirely distinct varieties from Germany and Slovenia are Hop Head Farms’ Grungeist, and Styrian Wolf, Styrian Dragon, and Styrian Fox from the Inštitut za hmeljarstvo in pivovarstvo Slovenije (The Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing), from Slovenia’s small but innovative hop industry. Hop Head Farms maintains close ties with both German and Slovenian research programs to keep our customers ahead of the game with new and emerging varieties, so that you can offer your customers unique and distinctive ales and lagers.