I am so excited to have finally found some Simcoe hops. I don’t know about you, but I have been looking for these for several months. I love the earthy flavor and have been rather distraught about the lack of availability. Apparently since the popularity of this hop has been increasing, demand has not been able to keep up. Coupled with the long lag time required for the hops to reach full productivity, it may still be awhile until they are generally available again.
I have been to several homebrew shops in the Denver/Boulder area looking for them, but with no luck. Owners of the stores told me it may be another year until they are available – one even indicated that it might be 2013 before he would have them in any quantity. The hop business, in many cases, requires prior commitments from the buyers to the growers in order to ensure sufficient supply, and several of the stores had apparently not predicted the rapid increase in the popularity of this hop.
Fast forward to last week, when I found myself at Dry Dock Brewing getting one of my kegs filled (more on this story later). I was with a friend who decided to get some ingredients for his next batch at The Brew Hut, the homebrew store next door. While we looking for his ingredients, I happened to stick my head into the hop cooler, and lo and behold, Simcoe hops! Needless to say, I bought a few ounces to keep in my own fridge until I have a use for them. So if you find yourself needing any Simcoe hops, head over to The Brew Hut, and tell them The Nutty Brewer sent you!