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 has aromatic and bittering qualities.
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%Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 8 To 10 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3%-5%Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3 To 5 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 20%-30%Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 20 To 30 Percent

Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Northern Brewer (U.S.) Lupulin ColorYellowYellow Lupulin Color for Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops
Northern Brewer (U.S.) Cone SizeMediumNorthern Brewer (U.S.) Hop - Medium Cone Size
Northern Brewer (U.S.) Cone DensityModerate to CompactNorthern Brewer (U.S.) Hops - Moderate to Compact Cone Density

Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityEarly to Mid SeasonNorthern Brewer (U.S.) Hops - Early to Mid Season Maturity
YieldYield for Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops is Low to Moderate at 1600 - 1800 kg/hectare
Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops - Low to Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate
Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops - Moderate Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and Pests
Resistent To:
Downy Mildew,
Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate
StorabilityNorthern Brewer (U.S.) Hops maintains 70%-85% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CNorthern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Storability - Moderate to Excellent
Ease of HarvestGoodNorthern Brewer (U.S.) Hops - Good Pickability

Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.5-2 mls/100 gramsNorthern Brewer (U.S.) Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.5-2 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition50%-60%Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 50-60 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition20%-30%Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 20-30 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition5%-10%Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 5-10 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Substitutes

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Common Beer Styles for Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops

    Beer Style
    India Pale Ale
    Abbey Ale
    Pale Ale
    California Common
    Imperial Porter

    Northern Brewer (U.S.) Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Deschutes Brewing Company
    Hop Heng Experimental IPA
    The Lost Abbey Brewing Company
    Whitewater Brewery
    Northern Brewer
    Wild River Brewing & Pizza Company
    Blockfoot River Brewing Company
    Missouri River Steamboat
    Deschutes Brewing Company
    Black Tie IPA
    Belmont Brewing Company
    Pale Ale
    Mountain Town Station Brewing Company
    Iron Horse IPA
    Sprecher Brewer
    Flying Dog Brewery
    Gonzo Imperial Porter
    Sebago Brewing Company
    Midnight Porter