Hop Breeding and New Varieties with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #221

by Brad Smith on September 21, 2020 · 0 comments

Stan Hieronymus joins me this week to discuss hop breeding programs and some of the new hop varieties hitting the brewing market.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (49:48)

  • This week my guest is Stan Hieronymus. Stan is the author of For the love of Hops and has authored a number of other books as well including Brewing Local, Brew Like a Monk and Brewing with Wheat (Amazon affiliate links)  Stan has also penned hundreds of periodicals and is a certified beer judge.
  • We start with a discussion of some of Stan’s recent work researching hops, and the history of hop breeding programs.
  • Stan tells us how the hop breeding programs evolved over the years including finding high alpha hops as well as hops resistant to disease.
  • We discuss how hop breeding has been transformed by the Craft Beer revolution here in the US.
  • Stan explains why it takes so long (15-20 years) to get a new hop tested and into production.
  • We discuss the difference between public and privately funded hops research as well as licensed hops.
  • Stan tells us about the major hop breeding programs around the world.
  • We discuss some of the top hop varieties right now and why they are so hard to get.
  • Stan goes over many of the new hop varieties just hitting the market right now.
  • We discuss where brewers can learn more about hop breeding.


Thanks to Stan Hieronymus for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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