Bringing in the Hops

The healthy splash of rain that turned up in the Willamette Valley during August’s third full week was not necessarily a welcome sight for hop growers. But it was short-lived and the harvest got started with a flourish. “If those vines get heavy enough they can snap the wires,” said Dave Henze, president of Coleman Agriculture, located in the French Prairie area.

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Coleman Agriculture Partners with Oregon State University for First-of-Its-Kind Hops Terroir Research Study

GERVAIS, OR . (August 19, 2019) – Scientists at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences (OSU) and Red Hill Soils, along with farmers from Oregon’s largest hop grower, Coleman Agriculture, recently shared the initial findings of a yearlong study into the effects of terroir on the flavor profile of hops, a primary ingredient in beer.

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Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Sciences, Coleman Agriculture, and Red Hill Soils announces the findings of the first-ever "Hops Terroir Research Study"

GERVAIS, Ore. (August 19, 2019) – Scientists at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences (OSU) and Red Hill Soils, along with farmers from Oregon’s largest hop grower, Coleman Agriculture, recently shared the initial findings of a yearlong study into the effects of terroir on the flavor profile of hops, a primary ingredient in beer.

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Hop Harvest 2019: Coleman Hop Terroir

To start, we’ll examine a “first-of-it’s-kind” study, just released last week, that was undertaken by Coleman Agriculture (the largest hop grower in Oregon) and Oregon State University over the past year. Their goal? Correlate the terroir (ter-whar) in which hops are grown with the attributes they possess when harvested, or more simply, “does terroir affect hops?”

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