I am going to have a hop tasting to try and get a handle on the main varieties and variation of hops. I was thinking of this approach except using the suggestion in the comments of Real Ale's Fireman #4 - I'd much prefer to support a local brewery, and would rather be seen dead than buying Bud light :-)
I am trying to come up with a list of hops. I'm aiming for about 8-9 I think, but two boxes gives me a max of 11+control.
Here is my list so far:
- Fuggles (US) - I have some in the freezer already
- Fuggles (UK) - for the terroir comparison
- East Kent Goldings (UK) - sentimental reasons (*)
- Saaz (CZ) - A Noble example
- Magnum - Bittering example
- Northern Brewer - another bittering example and intrigued by their use in both Anchor Steam and Old Peculier. OP being a favourite - Anchor Steam rather less so!
- Cascade - a typical West Coast aroma
That's seven. Are there any other broad types that I'm missing out on that I should probably include?
(*) Saw the real things growing (and oasting) in East Kent in the 1990s when the UK was down to three commercial hop farms - and one was managed by my cousin!