Author: Thomas Pinto Nielsen

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Thomas Pinto Nielsen is the technical lead of flavor and raw materials for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Europe’s Puzzling Nobility: Hops from the Styrian Hinterland Behind the Bines by

US drinkers might soon become more familiar with four new flavor hops from Slovenia, in addition to the Styrian region’s already well-known Noble hops.

Kilning Me Softly Behind the Bines by

Drying hops is like curing a fine cut of meat. The softer you kiln, at lower temperatures for longer times, the more flavorful and aromatic the final batch will be.

From the Field to the Lab, and Back Again Behind the Bines by

From 2002 to 2013, public breeders released zero new hop varieties. Why were public hops breeders so quiet for a decade?

As Cascade Saccades Behind the Bines by

For the first time, the US hop industry has grown more hops for aroma than for the commoditized bittering acid. The biggest driver of this change has been a 40-percent increase in Cascade acreage from 2012 to 2013; over 2,000 acres in the Pacific Northwest have been converted to Cascade.