hops

What are Hops?

Hops are the flowers of the hop plant (Humulus lupulus). The plant is a dioecious, climbing, herbaceous, perennial, usually trained to grow up strings in a field called a hopfield, hop garden or hop yard. There are many different varieties of hops around the world and production is concentrated in moist temperate climates. Hops are usually dried in an oast house before they are used in the brewing process. (more…)