Hops (Humulus lupulus L.) play a crucial role in the beer making process. Within the female flowers, known as “cones,” there are lupulin glands containing alpha acids, beta acids, and essential oils, which provide bittering and unique aroma flavors to beer. Recent increasing demand in specialty beers and locally sourced ingredients, compounded with the decline in worldwide hop production and commodity crop prices, has resulted in an increased interest in local hop production.
At present, the majority of hop production is in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. In the past 5 years, United States hop production has increased 72 percent, spreading growth to other states including New York and Michigan. As of June 2017, Nebraska has 39 strung acres of hops under production, which increased 15 acres since 2016; the United States, as of June 2017, has a total of 54,135 acres of hops under production.
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Hops Harvesting Demonstration set for Friday, August 25
The University of Nebraska Extension will host a Hops Harvesting Demonstration on Friday, August 25th at the Nebraska East Campus hop yard from 1-4 pm. It is free and open to the public, however, pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Katie Kreuser at 402-267-2205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Annual Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference & Trade Show
SAVE THE DATE! The 2nd Annual Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference & Trade Show is scheduled for January 18–19, 2018 at the Embassy Suites, Old Market, in downtown Omaha. More information coming soon.
Katie Kreuser – Nebraska Extension Hop Program Coordinator
Katie Kreuser joined the University of Nebraska–Lincoln hops team in April 2017 as Nebraska Extension Hop Program Coordinator. She is located atthe Cass County Extension office in Weeping Water, Nebraska. Prior to this position, she was a research technician in Nebraska’s Agronomy & Horticulture Department, focusing on buffalograss and hop breeding projects.
Her roles include developing and delivering training to Nebraska hop growers and brewers, sharing timely information via publications and social media, and managing the annual Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference & Trade Show.