2021 Hops Orders Open!
Hop harvest is officially complete and we’ve opened up orders for our 2021 hops pellets!
We’re thrilled with the Brewer’s quality and oil contents of each of the varieties this year and are especially psyched about the total oil numbers which show that our growing practices are producing a sticky/resinous trend!
We’re also happy to introduce a new variety to our offerings, Triumph. This variety was part of the USDA’s public hop breeding program and is described as an aroma hop with good bittering possibilities and an aromatic profile of apricots/stone fruit coupled with pink bubble gum (that’s what I’m talking about).
If you’d like to enhance your 2021 hops order please check out this listing of 2020 hops varieties we have remaining in cold storage at the farm. They’re of great quality and have been stored cold since last year’s harvest.
Thanks so much for your time,
Four Star Hops
We’ve been growing hops on our family farm in Western Massachusetts since 2008. With 8 varieties of aromatic and dual purpose hops grown on 17 acres (roughly 17,000 plants), we produce enough hops each season to make ~1-3 million pints of beer.
As a year-round supplier of pellets, and seasonal supplier of wet and whole leaf hops, we get to work with several breweries around New England; be sure to check out the places you can find our hops on tap.
What Makes Our Hops Special?
In a word, terroir. In its simplest definition, terroir is a “taste of place.” Regardless of which hops varieties you grow or where in the world you grow them, the things that happen to those plants in a given growing season (think rain, amount of sunshine, average temperatures, the type of soil you’re growing in, how you care for them, etc.) will all impact the flavor and aroma differently from place to place and from year to year.
Our soil, Hadley Silt Loam (which is just about perfect, thanks prehistoric lake bottom!), and growing conditions contribute so many fruity (citrus, bubble gum, berry) and nuanced flavors and aromas in our hops that can’t be found in their counterparts grown other places – allowing for some old school hops varieties to step into the forefront of new school flavor profiles (read: juicy IPAs). At the farm, Magnum aren’t just for bittering and Nugget is definitely not herbal/earthy but instead packs a citrus punch (so different in fact that instead of calling them Nugget, we have renamed them Pepite).
At harvest, we get a comprehensive analytical profile of all the things you want to know about our hops (e.g., alpha, beta, total oil, hop storage and aroma quality) because who wants to buy a new car without kicking the tires and doing their homework? For each growing season you can find the specs by variety in our online store. Want more information than what’s there? Just let us know and we’ll get you the full spec sheet.
Harvest runs from mid August through mid September, with each variety having a narrow picking window during that time. Interested in wet hops? All of our varieties are available during harvest for your wet hopping enjoyment! Any hops not sold as wet are promptly kiln dried and stored in whole leaf bales until we’re ready to process them into T-90 pellets here at the farm.