|Here's a look a one of the Cascades, showing plenty|
of burrs in development.
As with the other two varieties, I'm citing the Wikipedia article about hops varieties, which you can find here.
Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Cascade:
Very successful and well-established American aroma hop developed by Oregon State University's breeding program in 1956 from Fuggle and Serebrianker (a Russion variety), but not released for cultivation until 1972. It has a flowery and spicy, citrus-like quality with a slight grapefruit characteristic. One of the "Three Cs" along with Centennial and Columbus. Substitutes: Centennial and Columbus (but they have a higher Alpha Acid content).
|Backlit shot showing a lot of burrs on another Cascade.|
The Cascade have been the high-achievers in the yard: they were the first to reach the cable at the top of the trellis, and the percentage of plants with burrs far exceeds the other varieties. If I didn't know this already from how well they do in Dan's yard, or Bill's, or Kevin's, then all of the other growers telling me about them at the Winston-Salem conference or other Old Dominion Hops Cooperative functions would have - and the proof is certainly in the pudding, based on my walk last weekend.
To me, it seems like the yield here is better than I expected at the beginning of the year, but we'll take it. There is a lot of work to be done to get these picked and processed, but fortunately we have a few weeks to go before it's time for that.
I posted last year about Bill's harvest, here, and then I brewed two batches of a "Harvest Black IPA" with those hops - posts here and here. If things work out, I may do a homebrew batch or two of harvest ale, using either Chinook or Columbus for bittering and Cascade for aroma. I'll need to get my ducks in a row for that one - I'm already committed to doing a couple of honey porter brews in the fall, which will hopefully use whatever Fuggles and Goldings we are able to harvest from the first-year bines.
I won't post a profile piece on those two varieties - they need time to grow, and we're not planning to take them down during the main phase of harvesting. Although, as I mentioned, I would like to brew with them if there are enough cones for a batch or two. I'll keep an eye out for that.
In the meantime, our Cascades are busting out.