International Herb Association Names Hops the 2018 Herb of the Year

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The International Herb Association (IHA) has selected the 2018 Herb of the Year, and it is our favorite bitter beer ingredient: hops!

Established in 1991, the IHA annually recognizes an herb to educate its members and the general public about. The IHA’s website explains that its Horticultural Committee evaluates possible choices based on the herb’s being outstanding in at least two of three major categories: medicinal, culinary, and decorative. In 2017, coriander—also a common ingredient in Belgian-style beers—and cilantro, edible products of the same plant, collectively earned the Herb of the Year title.

Visit for more information on the International Herb Assocation’s Herb of the Year award. If you want to cultivate your own hops at home, visit our guide to growing hops!