Germany’s Oldest Hops Thrived for Centuries. Then Came Climate Change. Hotter, drier seasons are threatening the traditions of German hops growers, who are fighting to preserve a way of life—and the flavor of your favorite brew.
Generations of farmers in the sun-lashed green hills of Spalt have proudly tended to their hops plants, used for brewing beer, since the Middle Ages.
When asked what makes the native breed of Spalter hops so special, enthusiasts rhapsodize about their delicate, spicy aroma, their lightness, and the harmony and hint of bitterness the crop imparts.
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