Growing Hops in Ontario

Commercial hop production is re-emerging across the province of Ontario. Hop cones are the female inflorescence of the hop plant and are well known for their use in brewing beer. Depending on the cultivar, hops will produce various levels of alpha acids, beta acids and oils. The level of these compounds classifies each hop cultivar as either an aromatic hop (for aroma) or a bittering hop (for flavour). Ontario's craft brewing industry is currently the largest buyer of Ontario grown hops.

Aside from the brewing process hops are also used as a medicinal herb. Traditionally hops were used in teas or tinctures as a sedative to reduce tension and aid in digestion or stuffed into pillows as a sleep aid. Today, hops are still found in herbal products for these purposes.

Hops are also widely grown as ornamental garden plants and can be dried for use in decorative garlands or arrangements.

This webpage provides information related to commercial hop production covering such topics as hop production basics, pest management, business and marketing, meetings and educational days and other related subjects.

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Information for New Growers

Hop Production Basics

Hop Plant Growth Stages

Hop Propagators and Plant Suppliers

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Trellis Parts and Suppliers

Equipment Design & Plans for Hop Production


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Water and Drainage

Weather and Climate

Pest Management

Weed Management

Farm Mechanization, Agricultural Structures and Energy

Business and Marketing

Resources and Services


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Author: Evan Elford - New Crop Development Specialist/OMAFRA
Creation Date: 16 May 2012
Last Reviewed: 16 May 2012