The Brewhaus’ Bier Garden is just about the loveliest spot to watch the sun set.
From late spring until fall, folks come from all over to enjoy its hilltop seclusion. As the day winds down, the sky is painted pink and violet, orange and purple. Pine trees shelter our guests from the wind and the hop vines wind their way up toward the sky. Our hops remind us that brewing is intimately tied to nature, and watching them grow reminds us of all the amazing things about them. Here are a few to consider:
- Hops only succeed in latitudes between 35-55 degrees south. Delafield is located right in this sweet spot at 43 degrees. Most American hop farms are located in the Pacific Northwest. In part, this is because of good growing conditions, but also because their hop farms survived Prohibition by shipping their crops to Asia.
- 90% of all climbing vines grow counterclockwise; hops grow clockwise.
- Hopheads know that the bitterness in hops comes from the resin they secrete, lupulin, which also makes beer foamy and extends its shelf life. (Extra credit: “lupulin” is latin for “little wolf.” The Romans thought that hop plants could strangle trees!)
- Hop plants are male and female, but females can reproduce without the males. In fact, hop farmers prefer it (brewers don’t want seedy hop cones).
- In their growing season, hops grow six inches a day.
- John Harrison, our Brewmaster, grows Cascade hops around our Bier Garden. He uses them in his Hop Harvest IPA, and they helped it win a Silver medal at the 2014 World Beer Championship.
It won’t be long now until the brisk autumnal breeze closes patio season at the Delafield Brewhaus, but until then please join us there, surrounded by hop, sipping some of the best brews around! We look forward to serving you….