Indie Hops Breeding: Developing the Next Great Hop

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Last week I organized a panel of respected beer connoisseurs Brian Yaeger, Charles Culp and “SNOB” Ritch Marvin to go along with myself to the Indie Hops offices and evaluate new test hop varietals bred at Oregon State University. It’s not often the public or even media get a first hand chance to taste and more importantly smell new hops in development and the opportunity was thanks to Jim Solberg co-owner of Indie Hops.

In case you did not know Oregon is the 2nd largest farming region for hops next to the Washington’s Yakima Valley. We also have Oregon State University which in addition to having one of the only fermentation sciences programs in the country also does quite a bit of hop research and breeding.

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