Where can I buy beer hops online?
If you know a thing or two about beer, you'll know that hops is so crucial to making good beer that the Germans made it the law for it to be an ingredient of beer.
You are of course free to make beer whatever way you like but you're probably going to want to buy hops for your home brew at some stage, especially as you begin to experiment with new tastes and flavours.
So there are two questions you should ask - what hops should I use in my beer and where can I purchase hops?
First we will talk about what hops to use in your beer. Certain kinds of hops are commonly associated with particular styles of beer or beer from certain regions.
It's really up to you, the power of buying and using hops is yours! (Did you read that in a Captain Planet voice?)
Here's some commonly used hops that you can buy:
- Pilsner beers have became nearly synonymous with the four so called 'noble hops'. These are varieties of hop called Terrnanger, Spalt, Hallertauer and Saaz.
- Saaz hops are closely aligned with the brewing of lagers, mostly for the delicous aroma that has become associated with the beer. As an aside, pilsner beers are known as traditionally coming from the Czech Republic.
- If you're looking for hops that might help your beer taste a bit like the classic New Zealand beer, Steinlager, you might buy Green Bullet hops.
- America, the land of the free beer drinker, has become a home for hop production and many new varieties from old favorites have been developed. American hops are recognized and appreciated all around the world for their bold, and often intense flavors they imbue in beer. American hops are often described as being citrus like, however that's a most elementary description. Cascade hops are a very popular choice. Chinook is another popular 'north western' hop.
- The English Golding hop has become the signature hops of English ale.
- The Fuggle hop is another popular hop used for ale beer.
There's two ways to buy hops - in person or online. If you are going to do it in person, you need to find a local specialty beer brewing shop.
So get on to Google and have a snoop around or ask your mates at work, chances are they are homebrewers!
Or you can buy or hops online. There are a mega ton of sites out there but we reckon if you know what you want, just order hops from Amazon. There are plenty of reputable beer brewing equipment experts on there and between them, they have a large selection of the best hops to buy.
If you've bought some hops and are wondering how to use them, check out our guide.