A HOP’S PILGRIMAGE AND FRATERNITY
The hop harvest begins at the end of August and runs through September. Hopsteiner operates specialized combines that mechanically remove the hop cones from the trellis and place them in trucks that immediately deliver to the cleaning facility. There, hop cones are separated from any remaining leaves and stems by the use of a sophisticated array of belts, fans and screens. Hops are then sent to kilns for drying.
Once the hops are dried to the proper moisture content, they cool for up to 24 hours before being baled in breathable material. As part of Hopsteiner’s extensive quality control system, bales are inspected and probe-tested for moisture, temperature and stem and leaf content. Prior to refrigerated storage, the bales are marked with a unique code that allows for complete traceability – all the way back to the hop yard.
Hopsteiner invites customers to attend hop selection during and after harvest to choose their contracted hop lots. Customers can get an intimate look at the entire chain of the world of hops while also personally selecting brewer’s cuts of each variety after thoroughly grading them by appearance and aroma.
READY TO PICKWaiting for the perfect moment
We select and pick our hops at the peak of their maturity during each growing season. Careful analysis of dry matter, moisture, alpha acids and essential oils is key in assuring hops are picked at the right time.
HOP SELECTIONPlan your trip – be a part of Hop Selection and/or Hop Harvest
HARVEST SEASONHonest, hard work
Hopsteiner’s top-quality hops are grown by the hard work and dedication of our growers worldwide. Our growers are dedicated to their craft and constantly review and improve their operations. We also continuously reinvest to maintain our position in the forefront of quality, efficiency, sustainability and technology.
LIFE OF A HOP
LEARN ABOUT A HOP’S FASCINATING JOURNEY FROM OUR FARMS TO YOUR BEER
AgronomyExperimental hop seedlings emerge in our greenhouses in preparation of planting baby hop yards this season.
BreedingHopsteiner’s breeding program has released exciting, new hop varieties, including Lemondrop and Eureka.
PreparationHopsteiner farms and farm managers set the industry standard for agricultural practices and sustainability.
PropagationFarmers plant hop rhizomes, the heart of the root system which stores and transfers food for the bine.
Baby HopsNew hop growth emerges from the ground in the spring, and bines begin to reach towards the sun.
GrowingHop bines climb the coir twine in a clockwise-spiral, upwards until they reach the top of the 18’ tall trellis.
FloweringAs the hop bines begin to reach the trellis tops, they generate lateral shoots that produce the hop flowers.
Healthy HopsDuring the summer months, hop yards start to top out when all of the laterals fill-in with full growth.
Hop ConesClusters of bright green hop cones begin to develop all over the hop bines, gaining in size and weight.
Cone MaturationA mature female hop cone is ready to harvest when the flower begins to feel dry and papery.
Oils & AcidsWhen the hop cone is cracked open, you can see yellow lupulin glands packed with essential hop oils and acids.
HarvestingMobile harvesters called “combines” line the hop fields ready to start the annual hop harvest.
SortingHop cones are then separated from leaf and bine in cleaning stations – leaving only raw leaf hop cones.
DryingHop cones are laid out on massive-sized hop kilns where they are gently heated until thoroughly dried.
CoolingDry hop cones are then piled high on cooling floors which help maintain their color and essential oils.
BalingThe dried and cooled hops are then compressed in 200-pound canvas bales, sealed with a hand-stitch.
TransportationHop bails are quickly transported to Hopsteiner’s cold storage facilities where they await processing.
Cold StorageCold storage protects the hops soft alpha and beta resins against deterioration by keeping them cool.
Hop SelectionClients visit Hopsteiner to examine their hop variety’s unique aroma, bittering and flavoring characteristics.
PelletizingHop leaf is ground into powder and forced through a die under extreme pressure to form dense hop pellets.
DownstreamHopsteiner provides traditional hop products, as well as the most advanced hop downstream products.
QualityHopsteiner’s hop research facilities focus on constant improvement, and new product development.
Quality PackagingHop pellets are fresh-packed in nitrogen-flushed mylar pouches and heavy-duty crates with data label.
LogisticsOrders are processed to ensure shipments arrive on schedule. We offer storage and delivery programs.
CommitmentHopsteiner’s technical staff provides a wide range of client services, including on-site brewery support.
The Proof is in the PourFor over 170 years, Hopsteiner has built a reputation of providing top quality hops at the best possible price.