BSG CraftBrewing offers an extensive range of domestic and imported hops.
All of our hops are hand selected for quality by our expert staff. We buy only the very best quality from the best growers here in the United States, and around the world including Germany, England, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Australia, France and Slovenia.
Harvest Fresh Pellets
BSG CraftBrewing is one of the few suppliers to offer Harvest Fresh Pellets – The harvest fresh pellets are taken straight from the cooling floor (before the baling process), pelletized and vacuum sealed in mylar pouches within 36 hours of being picked in the field. Traditional baling ruptures lupulin glands and research shows 5-6% of the hops’ alpha and aroma oils are lost during baling. By avoiding the baling process, our hop pellets are more fresh and higher quality. The majority of our domestic pelleted hops are ready for shipment by October 15th of each crop year.
Superior Pellet Quality
Researchers have shown when you pelletize hops you need to hit a temperature “sweet spot”, between 120-125° F. Temperatures too hot will burn off the aroma oils; too cold and the pellet doesn’t form properly. Temperatures too cold will prevent the pellet from forming properly.
We encourage brewers, both small and large, to forward contract for their hop requirements. By placing a contract, the brewer signals clear demands to the supply chain. Contracts enable the grower and distribution partners to plan and plant appropriately. Contracts are vital for a crop with high establishment costs. A hop contract placed with BSG is your assurance of supply and consistent quality. BSG is not owned by growers and so we are able to be strict on quality.
- We work with the grower to manage disease issues
- Limit spray applications, if necessary
- Dictate the drying times and temperatures
- Expedite hop deliveries from growers
- Evaluate and select the best quality hops at harvest
When a brewer buys hops on the spot market, they have less control over quality, availability and price. Forward contracting assists in financing the industry by paying the grower soon after harvest, while permitting the brewer to manage their cash by drawing down their contract over the course of the year.
Packaging & Labeling
Whole leaf hops – 10 lb. & 50 lb. cartons | Type 90 pellets – 11 lb. & 44 lb. cartons | Labeled with crop year and lot number for complete traceability.