Ahtanum hops was developed in the Ahtanum Creek Valley in Yakima County in Washington. Yakima Chief Ranches bred this aromatic hops variety that boasts a floral bouquet matched with citrus essence. The high amounts of both myrcene and caryophyllene both contribute to the sweet and slightly spicy, or peppery character of this somewhat lower yielding hops.
The alpha acid content comes in at 5.7%-6.3% which is low to moderate. Of the oils myrcene stands out making up 50%-55%. Ahtanum carries a strong aroma and is ideal for late additions to the boil or for dry hopping. Ahtanum will also provide a degree of bitterness making it useful for full boils as well. Its storability is only moderate, however is susceptibility to disease and fungus make it an excellent growing variety.
Beers made with Ahtanum –
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Celebration Ale
Laurelwood Brewing Company – Le Rouge
Cotleigh Brewery – Blue Jay Best Bitter
Dogfish Head Brewing Company – Blood Orange Heffeweizen
Hopworks Urban Brewery – Hopworks Organic IPA
Stone Brewing Company – Vertical Epic Ale