Hey, local homebrewers: Oak Barrel just got a shipment of hops rhizomes. Like, twenty minutes ago. If you’ve been thinking of growing your own, here’s your chance.
So here’s my question to you: what varieties should I plant? My options are:
- Northern Brewer
For those wondering, rhizomes seem to be easier and more reliable than seeds, while less expensive and more widely available than nursery plants. Also, while seeds may produce male or female plants, rhizomes should be guaranteed to produce females — those are the ones that produce the actual hops flowers, which are what you want.
I did plant a packet of hops seeds of unknown variety some time back, but its unclear whether they’re dead or just taking their sweet time with the sprouting. Either way, planting a few kinds of rhizomes seems like a good idea.
Any thoughts on which might grow best in my garden’s microclimate? Or which ones you might want to take off my hands, once I harvest them and then realize that I have way more hops than I can use?
Please leave any variety suggestions or general growing tips in the comments section below!
Oak Barrel is my local brewing and winemaking supply shop. I’m not affiliated with them in any way, so you can also feel free to buy your rhizomes from another supplier, order them off the internet, or get some from another local grower.
If you do plan to swing by, Oak Barrel is located at 1443 San Pablo Avenue, in Berkeley. Hours are M-F 10-6, Sat 10-5, and they’re CLOSED on Sunday. www.oakbarrel.com