Hop producers encouraged to compete for the 2016 Cascade Cup

The Hop Quality Group recently announced the 5th Annual Cascade Cup.

The Hop Quality Group recently announced the 5th Annual Cascade Cup! Hop producers across the U.S. who submit a brewer’s cut of dried whole cone Cascade hops will be eligible for the most prestigious of all annual awards conferred by the Hop Quality Group- The Cascade Cup. The Hop Quality Group is non-profit organization developed to advocate for and ensure a sustainable supply of high quality hops for the U.S. craft brewing industry. Brewing professionals from the Hop Quality Group will determine the winning farm based upon hop appearance, aroma, and USDA hop analysis.

Only one winner will be awarded the distinguished “Cascade Cup” in addition to an assortment of fine beverages brewed by members of the Hop Quality Group. The winner will be announced on January 19, 2017 at 7 p.m. during the Oregon Tr “ale” reception at the American Hop Convention.

To submit a sample, hop producers will need to mail one brewer’s cut of whole leaf Cascade hops along with USDA hop analysis and lot number. Brewer’s cut samples must be received by January 10th, 2017 to be considered for the competition. All hops will be refrigerated until the competition commences. Producers interested in participating should send their hops sample to:

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Att: Anders MacCarthy/Cascade Cup
1075 East 20th Street
Chico, CA

As a reminder, planning is underway for the Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference, which will take place March 2-3, 2017 in Detroit, MI. Keep an eye out for registration details. Please continue to visit Michigan State University Extension’s hop webpage or the MSU Hops News Facebook site for up to date information. 

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