The Landrace Hops are unique products of the land in which they first grew. Each is a natural hybrid of two parent hops forming into a new one with new qualities, adapting to the land and taking distinctive characteristics from it, characteristics which would come to be the unique accent of one nation’s beer compared to their neighbour, and the defining qualities of classic beer styles.
The world has hundreds of hop varieties, but just a few are Landrace Hops. England has Golding and Fuggle. Germany has Tettnang, Hallertau Mittelfrüh, Hersbrucker and Spalt. The Czech Republic has Saaz. France has Strisselspalt. North America has Cluster.
Because of their pedigree and how they thrive in their land, these hops were used to breed new varieties. Now almost every hop in the world descends from the Landrace Hops.
Found by nature, formed into the everyday beers which became the defining styles of a place, forged into traditions, and now famed for their fine flavours, we think the Landrace Hops are the most important hops in the world.