Hop To It! What are Hops?

Kieran Watman

Finding the right hops is key to brewing good craft beer and, though not the only ingredient, it is the hops that seem to be the star of the show

So, what are hops? 

Hops are a cone-shaped flower that has become integral in beer-making.  While beer has existed long before the use of hops, most beer today is flavored with hops, which add a bitter and also preservative quality to our favourite tipple. Hops are the cone shapes flowers of the hop plant known as Humulus Lupulus

Hops grow all over the world with each different landscape providing its own unique flavour.  

Hops are generally used during the boiling process on a brew day. the earlier the hops are added into the boiling process the more bitter the taste will be. 

Adding hops late on will contribute to the flavour of the beer. This decision is down to the brewer and ours is a secret! 

Our beer tastes staggeringly good though, right?  

If you would like to see our brewing process in action or take a look around our craft brewery then please get in touch. 

We are really passionate about brewing great beer and love talking to people about Hop and Stagger. 

Alternatively, pop down to one of our pubs and try our four staggeringly good beers.