From under the woody mulch a creeping rootstalk emerges, as the spring air and warmth breaches the cold winter slumber the start to twist their way up to the blue sky using stiff hairs to grab onto anything within reach. It twists and climbs rapidly towards the heavens unveiling delicate flowers containing a treasure chest of nature’s gifts. Once harvested by its human curators its recedes back into the mulch, retreating for another slumber.
The hop bine is a creeping perennial herbaceous plants that differs from the vine in that it uses stiff long hairs or shoots to twist its way up while a vine climbs using tendrils or suckers. In the right conditions it can grow up a purpose built trellis at 20 to 50 centimeters a day and up to a lofty 15 metres in height.
Female plants produce hop flowers or cones which contain alpha acids and essential oils within the lupulin glands which are lauded by brewers around the world for their massive range of delicate flavours, bittering quality and preservation ability. The bines are grown in absence of the male plants as pollination leads to the creation of seeds which directs energy away from creating oils and they introduce fatty acids and off flavours in beer
The bines journey to the heavens is powered by a combination of consistent annual rainfall, the sun’s light for photosynthesis and the ground from whence it came. Its soil provides the bine with a unique terroir which translates into its hop oils which inturn manifests into the aromas and flavours that make beer’s varieties so endless. These plants once native to the North Western parts of our globe and first documented in 736 A.D. , in the Hallertau region of present-day Germany, are now propagated around the world producing unique flavour and aroma stamps and arms brewers with an endless pastel of creativity.