Ever wonder how your favorite beer gets the aroma and flavor you love so much? That’s the Hops inside working it’s magic! Hops are the flowers (also called seed cones or strobiles) of the hop plant Humulus lupulus.They are used primarily as a bittering, flavouring and stability agent in beer, to which they, beyond bitterness, add floral, fruity or citrusy flavours and aromas depending on the style of beer being brewed, If you come to the Hofbrauhaus Cleveland you will find Hops growing along our restaurant walls and bier garden! While beautiful to look at, Hops is used in brewing for its ability to fight against bacteria and microorganisms that can cause beers to spoil.
What’s the difference between Noble Hops and American Hops?
The term “noble hops” refers to varieties of hops which are low in bitterness and high in aroma, they are developed to have a floral/citrusy flavor and aroma. These hops are specific to the Hallertau region of Germany and is considered a protected resource. These hops were harvested with armed guards because they are so valuable and people would try to steal them. Germany alone harvested 39,526 tons of hops in 2016, with the United States following closely behind with 31,968 tons!
American hops are varieties grown throughout america, they are not considered “noble hops” because they are typically not native breeds to the “noble hops” regions of Hallertau, Spalt, Saaz, and Tettnanger. Wye College in Kent, Ohio was studying the ability to create dwarf hops so they are easier to cultivate and harvest.
While Hofbrauhaus Cleveland is proud to be surrounded by such amazing ingredients, our hearts are dedicated to providing the most authentic German experience possible! Our hops are native to the Hallertau region, and provide our lagers and wheat ales with distinct flavors known the the brewing community.
Stop by the Hofbrauhaus Cleveland Bier Garden and take in the beautiful hops plants!