Brewer’s Gold Rhizome

High-yielding sister to Bullion, ancestor to most major high alpha varieties.

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Hop Qualities

Brewer’s Gold Rhizome Flavor

British bittering hop developed in 1919. Both Brewer's Gold and Bullion are seedlings of BB1 (found wild in Manitoba). Many modern high alpha hops were developed from Brewer's Gold. Has a resiny, spicy aroma/flavor with hints of black currant. (Reference)

Hop Growers of America Information

Brewer’s Gold is an English variety that is primarily used as a bittering hop. It is a descendent of Bullion and has many of the same varietal attributes. American-grown Brewer’s Gold has a higher percentage of alpha acids than its counterpart in England.
Commercial Examples:
Stouts, Dark Ales
Acid Range (Alpha %)
8–10% 8–10%
Beta Range
40–48% of alpha acids
Total Oils
2–2.4 Mls. per 100 grams dried hops
37–40% of total oils
7–7.5% of total oils
29–31% of total oils
Possible Substitutions

USDA Brewer’s Gold Rhizome Information

SELECTION: From a cross made in the late 1960's or early 1970's at the Institute for Agricultural Research, Univ. Novi Sad, Yugoslavia; Hop Research Station Backi Petrovac; cross was probably made by Mr. Andrej Mijavec who was hop breeder at the time.
GENUS: Humulus
SPECIES: lupulus
CULTIVAR: Neoplanta
PEDIGREE: Northern Brewer (64107) x [male (SxS02)]
the male originated from the cross Savinski Golding (USDA
21049) x wild Yugoslavian hop
PRIMARY SITE: USDA Hop Cultivar Collection, OSU East Farm, Corvallis
ORIGIN: Seedling selection; USDA Accession No. assigned in 1974
AVAILABILITY: Commercial cultivar, no restrictions
REFERENCES: USDA Annual Report for Hop Investigations, 1974, pp.15 - 20.
Wagner, T. Gene Pools of Hop Countries. 1978. p. 68, Zalec, Yugoslavia
Acimovic, M. Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, 1976. Breeding new hop varieties with high alpha resin contents and resistance to downy mildew. USDA-Yugoslavia Cooperative Research YO-ARS32-JB-25; P-ZF-32. Nov. 1975 to October 1976
. Kisgeci, Jan, Andrej Mijavec, M. Acimovic, P. Spevak, and Novica Vucic. 1984. Hmeljarstvo. 374 pp. (English summary). Poljoprivredni Fakultet, Univ. Novi Sad, Yugoslavia.
LEAF COLOR: Dark green
SEX: Female
DISEASES: Downy Mildew: intermediate to resistant
Verticillium wilt: unknown, probably tolerant
Viruses: unknown
VIGOR: Excellent to very good
YIELD: Very good
SIDEARM LENGTH: 20-30 inches
ALPHA ACIDS: 9.1% (10-year range 7.4-12.0%)
BETA ACIDS: 3.9% (10-year range 2.9-5.0%)
STORAGE STABILITY: Good (retained 63% of original alpha room temperature storage)
OIL: 1.28 ml/100 g; humulene 20%, H/C ratio 2.30; contains about 5% farnesene.
MAJOR TRAITS: High alpha acids and high yield potential; green stems (in contrast to the red stems of Dunav).
OTHER INFORMATION: Originally developed to replace the landrace Backa, a lower alpha noble aroma hop; thus far the variety has not been accepted by the world hop trade and acreage remains very limited. Sister of USDA 21081 (Dunav) and Vojvodina (USDA 21083).


Brewer’s Gold is a high-yielding sister to Bullion that is highly susceptible to all hop diseases. It is an ancestor to most major high alpha varieties, with origins in 1919, and is grown mainly in southern Germany. Alpha acid content can fluctuate seasonally from environmental influences.

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