Around this time last year was when I really started getting serious in creating my own recipes. Also was when I started buying bulk supplies. When I saw when high demand hops (Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra, etc.) I bought two or three pounds of each to throw in the hop freezer. It seemed like they were really hard to come by through May or June, and then they started resurfacing towards a steady supply just about anywhere. Granted I took about four months off from brewing last year, but I'm sitting on three pounds of 2012 Simcoe, two pounds of 2012 Amarillo, and pounds of various other 2012 hops. Now, all of these hops are either shrink wrapped or still in a nitrogen flushed Hop Union bag, so they will get used this year.
I pre-ordered from Label Peelers and have received 1 pound of each Citra, Centennial, and Mosaic 2013 crops. I think this is all of the rush shopping on hops that I am going to do this year. I am going to assume that this nature of resurfacing of hops is consistent from year to year and mark last year down as a lesson learned.
In addition...... Looks like I am going to have to brew some Simcoe heavy IPA's soon