For the Love of Hops…
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:55:00
We love the old guard. Workhorses like Cascade, Crystal, Centennial, Chinook, Sterling, Willamette, Nugget and more. But we also can’t wait for the new generation of hops to alight our brew kettle.
Those fresh recruits are coming in fast. And we’re mega-stoked. In the next few years, Worthy will be pilot-testing more and more experimental hops that are emerging from the Indie Hops/OSU aroma hop breeding program.
My partner Jim Solberg and I started the program in 2009 with a gift to OSU of $1 million. Since then, we’ve developed dozens of new crosses (or genotypes), each with a particular aroma and flavor profile in mind.
In the past few years, the program has yielded several promising new genotypes. The flavors range from pina colada, to pomegranite, to green apple, to lemon citrus.
In 2012, I was so excited about the promise of brewing beer with brand new hops that I had a hand in designing that I decided to build Worthy Brewing. Why let all the other brewers have all the fun? Everybody loves to taste and test new spices.
The story of hop breeding is fairly complicated. We considered telling the story with charts, graphs, numbers and academic jargon. But, in the end, hop breeding is about sex. It’s about selecting the juiciest male ova and the heartiest male and hoping for a unique and powerful offspring. The story is as old as the Garden of Eden.
So with the help of my friends I made a video. Glorya: A Hop Love Story.
Glorya’s mother is Perle, a royal noble land-race hop from Germany.
Glorya’s father? We’re not sure. Glorya was open-pollinated. We suspect her Daddy was a rogue, Oregon hop stud floating around the Willamette Valley.
For the past six years, Indie Hops has been working with Oregon State to develop Glorya. She’s survived the farm trials and has performed well in our brew trials.
Enjoy the show.
In coming chapters, we’ll show you how Glorya survived the farm trials and brew trials. And, most importantly, we’ll show you how she performed on the stage where it matters most – in the pint glass.
In the very near future, Indie Hops and OSU will be releasing a variety of unique aroma hops whose genesis began in 2009. The future is very bright. Stay tuned.