What’s in a hop, anyway? What makes a hop
flower Ultra-High Quality? And what makes Gorst Valley hops so
All great questions but to answer them we have to understand a
little something about plant chemistry.
Every brewer knows that hops contain both bittering and aroma
characteristics. What brewers may not be aware of is that the
chemical compounds that compose these attributes are
very delicate. They are easily decomposed by heat,
light and moisture to name a few. Apply heat during the drying
process and the aromatic oils boil away, leaving the hops
smelling more like cattle feed than the spicy flowers they
really are. Harvest the cones on the wrong day and the resins
that comprise the alpha/beta acid profile are either over or
The Gorst Valley Way
Every step of the Gorst Valley production and processing
operation is focused on the well-being of these flowers. We
grow on very small acreage to ensure that the eyes watching the
plantation can inspect every plant, looking at vigor, maturity,
nutrition and numerous other factors that result in hops of the
perfect ripeness, commanding bittering power, and bold aroma.
Much of the hop crop is even hand harvested, resulting in
intact flowers and pellets that are leaf and stem free.
Returning to the Land – with
Wisconsin was once the leader in hop production in the US.
However poor production practices forced the crop to fail and
farmers moved to higher, dryer land in the Pacific Northwest.
150 years have passed and we now understand how to build a
truly sustainable hop industry in the Midwest: And not
just environmental sustainability, but also economic stability
and social responsibility.
Gorst Valley is dedicated to fostering this triple bottom-line
in every aspect of our business, returning the value to the
grower and the brewer.
Commercial and Craft
We’ve listened to your concerns within the
industry and responded to your needs.
- No contracts (unless YOU want one)
- Locally grown, processed hops YOU can
see, touch, and taste in the field
- Stable pricing. We do not play the
commodity game. Stable prices year to
- Custom variety blending
- Any packaging size YOU want
- Reduced shipping costs
- In-house chemical and plant specialists
to answer your technical questions
Please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Gorst Valley dedicates a portion of our harvest
exclusively to home brewers.
All hops will be pelletized (T90)
unless specifically requested otherwise. Sales
are in 4oz vacuum packed gas barrier bags and
frozen until sold.
- Mt. Hood
- Brewer's Gold
- Golding (Wisconsin)
To purchase hops for home brewing visit the Wine and Hop Shop
IF YOU’RE NOT 100% SATISFIED,
WE’LL MAKE IT RIGHT. EVERY TIME.