Grow Your Own Fresh Hops for Brewing!
‘Willamette’ is an aroma-type hop that is a variation of English Fuggle, with lower alpha acids (Alpha Acid: 4.0-6.0%) used to add a spicy aroma to traditional English ales. Excellent for ales and lagers and it’s one of the best hops for pale ales, brown ales or UK style ales. Mild and pleasant, slightly spicy, earthy and woody. Also used in teas for insomnia. The most popular American aroma hop named for Oregon’s hop growing region along the Willamette River, this fast-growing hardy perennial vine has light golden fragrant cone-shaped flowers with a fresh, pine-like fragrance that ripen August to mid-September. A very hardy and fast-growing vine. Flowering bracts are used in the production of beer. The beautiful vine grows up to 20-25′ in a single season and dies-back to the crown each fall.
Hops have light golden-green, cone-shaped flowers used for making beer and give home brews authentic Old World flavor. The greenish yellow flowers even smell like beer. They can scramble along the ground or grow up fences, screens, and trellises. Provide full sun to partial shade and humusy soil. Ornamental Hops have attractive green foliage throughout the season. The fuzzy lobed leaves are ornamentally significant and look pretty against a fence or trellis but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. Climbing bine grows 20-25 ft. in a season and is winter hardy in much of the North. Special considerations: Water regularly to keep the soil moist, not wet. Will not thrive in dry locations. Water deep once a week; more in hot, dry windy conditions. Collect mature cones in the Fall and hang to dry. Cut vines down to the ground in late Fall.