Why Hops in Food?

The first documented use of hops was in beer just outside of Munich around the 8th century. But hops hasn't only been used in beer, it has been used medicinally for more than 2,000 years!

Hops are best known for their use in brewing beer, but they can also be used in food. Hops have a unique and complex flavor profile that includes floral, herbal, and slightly bitter notes. When used in food, hops can add a new dimension of flavor that is both subtle and distinctive.

Hops can be used in a variety of dishes, from savory to sweet. They can be used as a spice or seasoning in rubs, marinades, and sauces. Hops can also be added to bread, muffins, or other baked goods to give them a unique flavor.

One of the benefits of using hops in food is that they contain compounds that have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. These compounds can help to preserve food and keep it fresh for longer.

However, it's important to note that hops are very potent and can easily overpower other flavors in a dish. When using hops in food, it's best to start with a small amount and adjust to taste. It's also important to choose the right type of hops for the dish, as different varieties of hops can have different flavor profiles.

Overall, hops can be a fun and unique ingredient to experiment with in the kitchen, adding a new layer of flavor to your dishes.

  • In Beer

    The most common use of hops is in beer brewing. Not only are they used in your favorite, mouth puckering IPA, but they are used in all beers! There are over 80 varieties of hops.

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  • As Medicine

    Hops have been shown to have medicinal benefits both as a topical treatment and in drinks as well as an extract. Hop extract has been used to help treat everything from insomnia and anxiety to intestinal and digestive issues.

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  • In Food

    Using hops in food, like we do with our rubs and seasonings, is less common, but not less tasty! As an herb, hops brings an earthy, slightly peppery flavor to food depending on the variety.

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