Terroir (French pronunciation: [tɛʁwaʁ] from terre, "land") is the set of all environmental factors that affect a crop's phenotype, including unique environment contexts, farming practices and a crop's specific growth habitat.
This term is very often used in the wine industry to describe the importance of wine from different regions of the world. It is often defined this way:
Now, what if we use this word to describe the importance of place when growing hops and, ultimately, brewing beer?
The location of where hops are grown in very important in creating flavors of beer distinct to where they are brewed. What's the point of having a beer that has no personality or distinction unique to where it was made?
This awesome article by Stan Hieronymus delves into the importance of terroir in hops and the craft beer industry.
Don’t call it terroir. Call it beer from a place.
Yes, where hops are grown matters. Iowa beers need Iowa hops.
It's official. As of 12:15 pm today it is SPRING!
That being said, its only 34 degrees outside. So, what do we do to get ready for spring? Right now we are working to remove the old 3' bines that were left from last season. This isn't a hard job, it just takes some time to work our way through the fields.
Our other task is getting tools cleaned and ready to go. Here you can see hand pruners soaking in a bowl of vinegar. This helps to remove any debris and rust while they soak for about 12 hours. When that is done they will be sharpened and greased as the final steps.
It won't be long until the first shoots are emerging and there is lots of work to be done!
Cedar Falls Hops Co. grows Iowa hops. Follow us on here to keep up with the newest progress in our fields.