|The Fuggles have already formed cones.|
But I was pleasantly surprised over on the Fuggles row (we have 60 plants), and the Chinook rows (120 plants). Just like with the Cascades, there were burrs growing on the Chinook, but the Fuggles have already set cones.
I do not expect a commercial yield from the Fuggles this year, and I'm planning to use them in my own home brews this fall - a series of honey porters that will use these hops and local honeys from a friend in Bethesda and two others in Luray.
|Plenty of burrs on the Chinook!|
I took a photo of the most vigorous Chinook plant. About a quarter of them have reached the top cable, but most of them are at least over 10 feet. In this case, we have two or three bines that are intertwined on the rope, and it is well-leafed and pushing out a lot of cones.
This variety is well-suited to IPA styles, and is readily identified in Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas (check this link!) - it's described as spicy-piney. It's a high-alpha variety with decent aroma properties.
From the looks of things, we'll have 20 pounds of wet Chinook for brewers looking to do a harvest ale with this variety. That's something to look forward to!