« on: October 20, 2016, 12:17:07 PM »
I was wondering if anyone here has used Mt. Rainier hops? I was thinking with the licorice descriptor that they would work well in a Black IPA, but it took me forever and a day to find a shop that still had them in stock.
I then contacted YCH Hops to check about this variety's availability, and found out that the variety has been discontinued.
I'm kind of sad. I always feel alone as a lover of all things licorice, so I suppose it doesn't surprise me that a licorice-y hop like that wouldn't exactly be a top seller, but I was still looking forward to using it.
Was anyone else a fan? I don't know how much of a voice we homebrewers have in the matter, but I'd sure like to see Mt. Rainier come back...
Hop growing is a business, not a public service. If the hop growers can't make money on a hop, they won't grow it. Obviously there wasn't enough demand to make it worth their effort. I'm afraid that even if all the homebrewers wanted it back (and most don't care) that still wouldn't be enough to make it a viable crop.