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 growth in the craft beer industry, a growing demand for locally sourced ingredients, and declining commodity crop prices, has created in 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 the 2017 hop harvest, has a total of 55,786 acres of hops under production. Total U.S. hop production increased from 88.6 million pounds to 106.2 million pounds between 2016 and 2017. Non-traditional growing regions’ hop production increased 25%. While the industry is small in Nebraska, it is growing rapidly. Efforts through University of Nebraska personnel in research and extension provide timely information to create successful farms and businesses in the state.

Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference & Tradeshow

January 27 & 28
Kearney, Nebraska

The Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference & Tradeshow’s purpose is to provide pertinent educational information to regional hop growers and craft brewers, to provide a platform for participants to build industry connections and relationships, and to provide the resources, skills and tools for participants to contribute to the Nebraska hop growing and craft beer industries.


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Campus workshops educate the hop enthusiast, grower

Eighteen individuals from Nebraska and Iowa took advantage of the opportunity to attend two, free hop workshops offered at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln May 31.

The first workshop, Introductory Hop Growers, was dedicated to understanding what the hop plant is, its use in industry, attributes and qualities of interest, how the plant grows, its production systems and considerations that go into commercial production of the plant.

Stacy Adams, associate professor of practice in agronomy and horticulture, gave the formal presentation on hop production along with a question and answer period.

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Stacy Adams, Keenan Amundsen and Allison Butterfield speak to hop workshop participants at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus hop yard May 31.

Growing Hops In Nebraska

by Brandon McDermott | NET News

About 98 percent of the total amount of hops grown in the U.S. happens in the Pacific Northwest. Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hoping to change that. A new study is looking at eight specific varieties of hops and attempting to grow them in Nebraska. Brandon McDermott interviews Stacy Adams, associate professor of practice in agronomy and horticulture and Katie Kreuser works directly with growers and brewers in Nebraska. Full story at http://bit.ly/2BLo6tV.

A freshly picked hop, split in two. (Photo courtesy Katie Kreuser)
A freshly picked hop, split in two. (Photo courtesy Katie Kreuser)

Nebraska research assists state’s craft brewing industry

by Troy Fedderson | University Communication

From field and lab to brew kettle and marketplace, research from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is helping further the Cornhusker State’s burgeoning craft brewing industry.

In the field, Nebraska’s Stacy Adams is leading the charge, guiding a multi-year study to see if hops can be grown locally and if the resulting pinecone-like blooms are viable as a niche revenue crop for producers. The work is funded through a grant from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Full story at https://go.unl.edu/kw5p.

Aerial view of hops growing on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's East Campus.
Aerial view of hops growing on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's East Campus. Photo by Craig Chandler | University Communication