Homebrew Hops Overview
Looking around for where to buy hops but haven’t found the right hop variety? We have a wide selection of brewing hops from pellets to whole leaf, cryo hops, and even hop rhizomes to start growing your own! Whether you love tropical stone fruit, classic grapefruit from C-hops, or a dank aroma, we have the right hops for your next batch.
There’s so much to know about this little flower that adds flavor, aroma, and bitterness to beer. We’ve compiled a simple resource guide for home brewing with hops that covers the anatomy of the hop, what are noble hops, a guide to American hops, how to calculate IBUs in your homebrew, understanding hop oils, dry hopping, and more.
We purchase our pellet hops once a year and keep them in our freezer to guarantee fresh, quality hops for you. From Ahtanum to Zythos, you can shop dozens of hop varieties or choose pellet hop packs by HBU (home bittering unit). If you’re trying to decide between Pellet Hops vs Whole Leaf, our article shows there are pros and cons to each - and it’s primarily a personal preference.
Whole Leaf Hops
Our whole leaf Citra hops are also purchased once a year and kept in the freezer to guarantee freshness. Whole leaf hops are typically added during secondary fermentation as a “dry hopping” process that adds hop aroma (rather than bitterness) to your beer. This is usually done in beer styles including pale ales and IPAs, but can be utilized in other styles as well. The whole leaf Citra hops bring aromas of grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passionfruit and lychee.
Why not make your homebrew also homegrown? Rather than seeds or bulbs, hops are grown from hop rhizomes - a small root cutting from a mature female hop plant that will grow an entirely new plant. Some varieties do better in dry heat, some need more humidity to thrive, but overall they’re hardy plants that come back each year even in zones that have long, below freezing winters.
While the majority of US hops are grown in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, most of the country can grow hop rhizomes (about the northern two-thirds). Learn more about “Where Brewing Hops Come From” and how they go from farm to your fermenter.
First, what are cryo hops? These hops are cryogenically separated into lupulin and bract at extreme low temps and offer 2x the resin of regular pellets. The LupuLN2 cryo hops are the concentrated lupulin glands of whole hop cones containing sensitive resins and aromatic oils. Cryo hops have intense hop flavor and aroma, enabling brewers to dose large amounts without introducing astringent flavor or excess material - the perfect addition to any juicy, resinous, hop-forward beer.