Origin and Description
Northern Brewer hops grown in the U.S. shares a heritage with the German hops variety. In 1934 Northern Brewer was crossed with an American native hops variety. Northern Brewer faced a growth in acreage in the U.S. and today can be found in many commercial beers.
Northern Brewer is a dual use hops with an alpha acid rating of 8.0%-10.0%, which is a hair higher than its German counterpart. It is used in an array of beer styles from start to finish in the brewing process. The myrcene oil content is very high in the American variety. Myrcene provides a woody, herbaceous, and peppery blend to the aroma and character of the beer.
American Northern Brewer stores well, but is a relatively poor yielding variety for the U.S. The medium size, moderately compact hop cones are harvested early to mid season. Northern Brewer can be found in craft beers in every nook and cranny in the U.S. market. It is widely available and useful in many beer styles ranging from IPAs to Porters.
Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Usage
Northern Brewer (U.S.) hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.
Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Characteristics
Below is a list of characteristics for northern brewer (u.s.) hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.
Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Acid Composition
|Alpha Acid Composition||8%-10%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3%-5%|
Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Cone Physical Characteristics
|Northern Brewer (U.S.) Lupulin Color||Yellow|
|Northern Brewer (U.S.) Cone Size||Medium|
|Northern Brewer (U.S.) Cone Density||Moderate to Compact|
Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details
|Maturity||Early to Mid Season|
|Yield||Yield for Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops is Low to Moderate at 1600 - 1800 kg/hectare|
|Susceptibility to Disease and Pests|
|Storability||Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops maintains 70%-85% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees C|
|Ease of Harvest||Good|
Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Oil Composition
|Total Oil Composition||1.5-2 mls/100 grams|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||50%-60%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||20%-30%|
|Caryophyllene Oil Composition||5%-10%|
|Farnesene Oil Composition||0%-1%|
Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Substitutes
|Northern Brewer (GR)||Northern Brewer is an England native who is seeing its days live out mainly in Germany and the U.S. There is a separate|
|Chinook||Chinook Hops was a child of the 1980's, introduced the same year as Rocky IV (Rocky vs. Ivan Drago)....ie 1985. The USDA crossed Petham Golding with USDA 63102...|
Common Beer Styles for Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops
|India Pale Ale|