H. lupulus is a main ingredient of many beers, and as such is widely cultivated for use by the brewing industry. Hops are the female flowers (also called seed cones or strobiles) of the hop plant, Humulus lupulus. They are used primarily as a flavoring and stability agent, to which they impart a bitter, tangy flavor.
Our goal is to provide quality hops to our brewing partners, enabling them to create new exciting offerings. Our hops are grown on a traditional high trellis system, available in pellet format. Wet and Whole Leaf by request.
Our current varieties include: Cascade, Centennial, Newport, Rakau, and Glacier. Trials being conducted on Hallertauer, Columbia and Wild Hops
- Protected: OHGA TV – watch the video – presentations from the March 19, 2016 OHGA AGM and spring workshop April 5, 2016
- Hop growing across America April 5, 2016
- Start Your Own Brewery – educational workshop April 5, 2016
- 2016 hops growing workshops and field days March 28, 2016
- Ontario really is hopping! Standing room only at the OHGA March 19th AGM and Spring Workshop. March 25, 2016
Latest Blog Posts
PREPARING THE LAND FOR HOPS While researching the environmental requirements for growing hops, we noticed a couple areas for improvement required of our land; specifically the need for well-drained soil (similar to Corn and Soy crops) and good air movement across the field. In climates such as the humid summers we experience in Southern Ontario, hops plants can come under increasing risk of developing Powdery and Downy Mildew infestations. These mildews can cause considerable damage to a crop. To help … read more
As you may have read on this website, I have a childhood connection to hops that I’ve been exploring now that we’re in the business. I grew up in Preston, a town in the city of Cambridge. My childhood home, near the convergence of the Speed and Grand Rivers, lies at the edge of an area that once was home to one of the “largest hops yards in the Dominion”, the Preston Hop Yards. This hop yard was once owned … read more
Before you jump to any conclusions, let me explain that the “Wolf” we’re referring to is our modified Wolf WHE140 Hop Harvesting machine. But let’s step back 6 months…. With the goal of scaling our operations to support the growing demand for hops, a method for harvesting hops efficiently took the forefront of our planning process. After a lot of research and planning, we chose a modified “Wolf-Hopfenpfluckmaschine” which translates into “Hop picking machine” which will allow us to strip … read more
Do you remember those photosynthesis charts back from grade 8 Science class? One of the most critical parts of the process of photosynthesis (process used by plants and other organisms to convert light energy into chemical energy that can be later be released to fuel the organisms’ activities i.e. growth of cones) is WATER! While there certainly was no shortage of rain in the 2013 crop year, the prior 2012 crop year saw one of the worst droughts in years … read more