One of the growers I know said that, due to the difficulty of growing them (downy mildew in particular), acreage will likely be decreasing.
Cool. Talking to a grower.
The info on downy mildew is interesting
I am excited about the release and
thinking that the new home of Summit should be the dry Intermountain West. You heard it first; spread the word.
Here in Colorado, small hop farms are popping up and many trellis systems are rigid and only 10-12 foot tall;
perfect for the dwarf hop.
The dry climate means extensive irrigation. But consistent low humidity may allow for an alternative growth style, the low bush hop,
without being subject to the effects mildew.
And hell, the name? ...The New Summit...., yep, Colorado hop farms would be wise to get it planted.
Ah Yes, the new Colorado super alpha tangerine dream,
grown at elevation
on old onion fields.
Which leaches out any of your old perceptions...
Front Range Breweries would eat it up.