Hops are cone shaped flower clusters that grow on tall vines cultivated in temperate climates like the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
Hops are a key ingredient in beer. Brewers have used them as far back as the 11th century to create aroma and bitterness in beer. Hops also contain anti-microbial properties which help to preserve beers freshness. Craft brewers like to use aroma hops to create floral and spicy flavors for their unique beers.
Hops are planted in hop yards where the vines grow up to 18 ft (6m) high. Hop harvest time occurs in the early fall and requires a mass of laborers to pick the flowers on time. After the hops are harvested, they’re dried and cooled to keep them safe until they are ready to be used.