Saxon

Saxon was developed in England at the esteemed Wye College. It was bred from Svaloef, an old Swedish variety that is no longer grown and an unnamed male varietal. Sister to Viking, Saxon does have a pleasant aroma when used in brewing but is not grown commercially. It is instead used predominantly for breeding. Its yield is poor in the …

Tettnanger (Swiss)

While it was initially thought to be the same variety as the original German Tettnanger, the Swiss-grown version is now considered to be genetically unique. While the original variety is also known to be cultivated in Switzerland, much of the branded Tettnanger (Swiss) product is actually Fuggle-derived. Despite this, it is higher yielding than its German Tettnanger counterpart and features …

Serebrianka

Serebrianka, or Silver as it is sometimes called, is a Russian aroma hop and parent to Cascade. Its commercial viability was tested for a staggering 20 years in the US before it was discarded in 1991 for a number of faults, most notably, its incredibly low yield. It is however still available for homebrewing use. Given its origin and flavor …

Tettnanger A

Tettnanger A was created in the 1970’s at the University of Hohenheim in Germany via clonal selection from the original Tettnang Tettnanger hop. Sibling to Tettnanger B, Tettnanger A was originally thought to contain higher alpha percentages though testing in the US has brought this into question. It is said to have a pleasant, continental-style aroma and like it’s parent, …

Shinshuwase

Grown exclusively in Japan, Shinshuwase is a high yielding aroma hop. It dates back to the early 1900’s, possibly earlier. While it still exists, it has largely been replaced by Kirin No. 2, Toyomidori, Kitamidori and Eastern Gold as a commercial crop. A cross between Saaz and open pollinated White Vine, Shinshuwase was originally used as a bittering hop, but …

Tettnanger B

Sister to Tettnanger A, Tettnanger B was also thought to be superior to its parent through heightened levels of alpha. Through US testing however, this is now in question. Bred in the 1970’s through clonal selection from the original German Tettnang Tettnanger hop, it features pleasant, continental-style aroma characteristics. It is also very likely descended from Czech variety, Saaz, a …

Tolhurst

Tolhurst hops were cultivated in the 1880’s by James Tolhurst in Horsmonden, England and are thought to have originated from an old land race. They feature a pleasant, but subdued continental-style aroma and are no longer grown commercially due to their low yield and dreadful storage stability. In the 1920’s though, the variety was considered by some in the English …

Spalter Select

Released in 1993, Spalter Select was bred in Hüll, Germany in an effort to increase yield potential and disease resistant and serve as a commercial replacement for Spalt. These efforts were quite successful. The result of a cross of Spalt and Hallertau Mittelfrüher, Spalter Select retains some of the finer characteristics of both these varieties and is considered a slightly …

Topaz

Australian-born multi-purpose variety Topaz features elements of clove-like spice and a light, lychee-esque fruitiness. Samuel Adams uses it in their Tasman Red IPA. When used alongside a citrus-heavy hop (Samuel Adams used Galaxy®), it gives a surprising depth of flavor. Created in 1985 by Hop Products Australia in the Rostrevor Breeding Garden in Victoria, Topaz was always intended to be …