Northern Brewer Hops


A plucky American filly found herself an affable English suitor and the happy union was this well-adapted hop with its neutral, clean aroma and slightly higher-than-average bittering value. Dual purpose.

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Hop Qualities

Northern Brewer Hops Flavor

Grown in Europe and America as a dual-purpose hop, but mainly used for bittering in combination with other hops. Woody/earthy/fruity aroma and flavor. (Reference)
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Hop Growers of America Information

Northern Brewer was bred in England in 1934 from a female American hop and an English male. It is a dual purpose hop with moderate alpha and a good aroma profile. Northern Brewer’s acreage has declined in England, but is still widely grown in Germany. It is also grown in the U.S.
Commercial Examples:
IPA, Pale Ale, Hefeweizen
Beta Range
20–30% of alpha acids
Total Oils
1.5–2 Mls. per 100 grams dried hops
50–60% of total oils
5–10% of total oils
20–30% of total oils
Possible Substitutions

USDA Northern Brewer Hops Information

SELECTION: Seedling selection WEB 135, raised in 1934 from Canterbury Golding,
crossed with a male seedling from Brewer's Gold. Canterbury Golding is
an old English variety identical to East Kent Golding.
GENUS: Humulus
SPECIES: 1upulus
CULTIVAR: Northern Brewer
PEDIGREE: Canterbury Holding x male OB21
Canterbury Golding x Brewer's Gold-OY1
OB21: a seedling.raised in 1934 by Prof.Salmon at Wye College from a
cross: Brew.Cold (l9001) x American Male OYl-
PRIMARY SITE: USDA World Hop Cultivar Collection, OSU East Farm
ORIGIN: Seedling selection made by E. S. Salmon, Wye College, England
DATE RECEIVED: Spring 1964
METHOD RECEIVED: Rhizomes, from Dr. R. A. Neve , Wye College, England. Received
under PI No. 302781.
AVAILABILITY: No restrictions, commercial variety.
REFERENCES: Salmon, E. S. Four seedling of the Canterbury Golding. Leaflet, Wye
College, England. 8 pp. 1944. Burgess, A. H. Hops. Interscience
Publishers, New York, 1964. p. 46.
LEAF COLOR: Medium to dark green
SEX: Female
DISEASES: Downy Mildew: moderately resistant
Verticillium wilt:resistant
Viruses: infected with all five major hop viruses
VIGOR: Poor to moderate
VIGOR: Poor to moderate
YIELD: Low, 800-1200 1bs/acre
SIDE ARM LENGTH: 12-20 inches
ALPHA ACIDS: 9.5% (ten year range: 7.0 to 12.1%)
BETA ACIDS: 4.0% (ten year range: 2.2 to 5.3%)
OIL: 1.61 ml/100 9 (10 year range: 0.77 to 2.56)
MAJOR TRAITS: Moderately high alpha-acids content. Pleasant aroma.
Resistant to Verticillium wilt, susceptible to powdery
mildew (Sphaerotheca humuli).
OTHER INFORMATION: Not grown commercially in the U.S. because of low yields. Major hop variety in Europe, particularly West Germany and Belgium because of Verticillium resistance. Canterbury Golding is identical to East.Kent Golding. It was selected from Canterbury Whitebine by Mr. Golding of Malling shortly before 1790 (Ref. Burgess, 1964; page 42) Virtually identical to USDA 21093 except for higher virus content, esp. Prunus necrotic ringspot virus and apple mosaic virus.


A plucky American/English hybrid with a neutral, clean aroma. Go to hop for California Common style ales.

Additional information

Weight 1.15 oz
Dimensions 1 × 2.5 × 2.5 in


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