Admiral

Admiral is an excellent mid-season hops variety derived from grandparent Challenger and likely parent, Northdown. Its exact lineage is unclear. Hailing from Wye College, England it was released to the brewing world in 1998 as a potential high-alpha replacement or complimentary addition to Target hops. It features higher acid content than either of its elders, possesses aggressive but smooth bittering …

Banner

Banner did not fare well on the commercial market. Bred from a Brewer’s Gold seedling in the early 1970’s through open pollination, its first test plot was abandoned due to severe mildew problems. It was finally released along with its half-sister Aquila in 1996 having caught the interest of goliath American brewing company Anheuser Busch. Eventually though, after several years …

Bitter Gold

Super-alpha variety Bitter Gold’s heritage comes from varieties Bullion, Brewer’s Gold, Comet and Fuggle. It features an alpha-acid percentage higher than any of its parents and higher even than Galena or Nugget, to which it is often compared. Released for production in 1999, Bitter Gold is quite versatile and can be used as a bittering or flavor addition imparting strong …