On October 26, 2022, Hops Growers of America (HGA) offered, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a technical seminar for students of Brewing Technology and breweries in the region of Blumenau, in the State of Santa Catarina. The event, which took place at the Escola Superior de Cerveja e Malte, was attended by approximately 50 participants. The seminar was led by brew master Matt Brynildson (@fw_brewmaster), from Firestone Walker Brewery, winner of the Order of the Hop, an international award reserved for the most talented leaders in the hop world.
Among the topics covered are the history, the growing regions, statistical data on production and on the varieties, utilization techniques, chemical/sensory characteristics, the differentials and the quality of American hops.
This activity was conceived in order to keep USDA and HGA engaged with the Brazilian beer industry and to reinforce interest in US hops among brewers in Brazil
Hop Growers of America is a non-profit trade organization focused principally on supporting hop producers through industry statistics and the development of commercial promotion and education activities. HGA provides updates on the progress of each crop year and the overall hop market through a schedule of releases linked to statistics and updates from the USDA and the International Hop Growers Convention (IHGC). HGA also offers educational seminars in prestigious international beer schools; attends trade fairs with samples of hops and beer, and materials with information about varieties and where to buy them, among other activities. To learn more, visit: www.usahops.org