Hops have been cultivated in the US for over 300 years and today the majority of US hops comes from the Pacific North West, namely the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Around 75 per cent of the US' total hop acreage can be found in the Yakima Valley in Washington. The Yakima is famous for its endless hop fields, and many new hop varieties that now fuel the US craft beer scene were first discovered there. Hop farms in the Yakima are typically family-run and knowledge has been passed on from generation to generation.
When you think US hops, you think of flagship varietals like Amarillo®, Cascade, Citra®, Chinook, Mosaic®, Simcoe®, or Willamette - just to name a few hop varieties that you give you that all-American, bold West Coast IPA flavour.
Our US hops come exclusively from Virgil Gamache Farms, a family-owned hop farm based in Toppenish, right in the Yakima Valley. What really makes Virgil Gamache Farms special is their ability to re-discover forgotten or overlooked hop varieties and bring their interesting flavours to brewers across the world. VGF also love experimenting with well-known hop varieties and introduce them to different terroirs, often with exciting changes to their typical flavour profile.
That's why we've decided to bring you US hops varieties that you’ve maybe not used before. Such as US Saaz, a beefed-up US version of the traditional Czech Pilsner hop with slightly higher average alpha acids.
Or, check out US Sorachi Ace which had originally been developed for Sapporo in Japan but is now successfully grown in the Yakima by Virgil Gamache.
One of the most exciting rediscoveries is Tardif the Bourgogne: Very hard to find on the open market, an old French landrace from the Alsace region with low alpha content, spicy and herbal with green tea and lavender-like flavours.
Take your time and enjoy the flavour variety US hops offer. If you have any questions about US hops, please just get in touch.