Lineage

Northern Brewer is a cross of a wild Manitoba hop and a noble variety developed in the 1930’s.  She has a curious mix of North American astringency and noble herbal notes.
Bittering Skill Level:  low
Aroma Skill Level: high

Bittering

Being a moderate alpha variety, Northern Brewer can stand up to most boil conditions and still add character.  High additions early will result in a bit of sharp astringency.

Aroma

Northern Brewer aroma can be best described as a mix of herbal woodiness, some pine, with just a bit of bright mint.  Definitely a creative combination and a secret weapon in your hop arsenal.

Alpha Acid

8% to 10%
Wisconsin average 9% (5 year average)

Beta Acid

3% to 6%
Wisconsin average 4.8% (5 year average)

Oil Content

1.5-2.2 ml/100gm
Wisconsin average 1.8 ml/100gm (5 year average)

Oil Breakdown

Myrcene ~ 55%
Humulene ~ 25%
Caryophyllene ~10%
Farnesene ~2%

Hot Side Aroma Profile

Woody pepper dominates the hot side aroma of Northern Brewer.  Much of the myrcene vaporizes but just a bit remains to add some floral complexity.  Adding very early will increase the herbal notes.  Later additions bring more mint and pepper.

Pairs Well With

Brewer’s Gold, Galena, Chinook, Nugget, Skyrocket

Interferences

Avoid delicate hops like Sterling, Hallertauer, Mt. Hood, etc.

Cool Side Aroma Profile

Mint and cool herb dominates the cold additions of Northern Brewer.  The overall aroma level is gentle so be careful when adding large quantities in dry hopping as the vegetal component and tannins can take over.

Pairs Well With

Cascade, Top Secret, Skyrocket, Cashmere, Triple Pearl, Yakima Gold, Saaz, Galena

Interferences

Extremely dank monsters like CTZ, Citra, Amarillo, Mosaic, Galaxy.