From unpredictable changes in availability to fluctuating prices and inconsistent crop years, relying on the spot market for essential hops can impact your beer and your business.
Hop contracts ensure you can secure the varieties and volumes you need at a fixed price and from a consistent crop year lot. Vital to the ongoing success of breweries of all sizes, contracts help mitigate risk while providing peace of mind.
As a Certified B Corporation®, we balance profit with purpose to help our customers and communities grow.
As a vertically integrated grower, merchant, and processor with uncompromising standards across every phase of the supply chain, we guarantee you get the highest quality hops every time.
We cultivate estate-grown hops on our fifth-generation farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, which is Salmon-Safe and GlobalG.A.P. certified.
We hand-select hops from a network of independent global growers that share our values, vision, and commitment to quality.
Our on-site facilities produce high-quality T-90 pellets that undergo rigorous quality analysis testing prior to leaving the warehouse.
From modest minimums to convenient payment options, our hop contracts are designed to help you secure the hops you need while maintaining flexibility.
Our minimum for contracting is 220 pounds per crop year and 88 pounds per variety.
Choose between monthly installments or making a 25% down payment and paying for hops as they ship.
Once your hops are pelletized, we offer storage in our temperature-controlled facilities.
Pull from your contract allotment as needed throughout the year for quick turnaround.
Purpose-built for breweries, the Brewer Portal makes managing hop contracts simple. Whether you’re on the brew floor or creating recipes, you can easily:
Our obsession with quality, uncompromising standards, and resolute values ensures every brewery gets access to select hops every time – guaranteed.
Easily place, track, and manage orders from anywhere at the click of a button with our purpose-built Brewer Portal.
Get exceptional support from account managers invested in the health of your business and a customer success team with an 80+ NPS score.
80% of orders ship within 24 hours, and with warehouses in Oregon, Ohio, and Alabama, we reduce shipping time and costs by bringing your hops closer to you.
Budget with confidence using flexible payment options and a partner that will work with you to craft contracts to meet your changing needs.
Tap into our expertise to deepen your hop knowledge and gain insight into critical areas such as forecasting, logistics, and supply chain management.
When is a good time for me to contract so I don’t miss out on next crop year’s popular varieties?
As soon as you know you may have a need. The ideal time for farmers and vendors is by March before Hop Harvest – or six months in advance of the contract beginning. Contracting by March helps vendors communicate needs to farmers in time to make adjustments in the fields.
Is there a cutoff for contracting?
No. We’d rather you make an informed decision than a rushed decision. Our positions are constantly fluctuating and the further out from harvest we are (up to three years), the more likely we’re able to guarantee your needs.
How do I stay up to date with hop positions?
Keep in contact with your account manager (at each of your vendors) and schedule quarterly calls. Communicate your needs as soon as you know them – even if you can’t yet commit to a contract. Compare anecdotes and information from different farms and vendors to create a full picture of the industry’s positions.
Is contract pricing better than spot pricing?
Hop pricing constantly fluctuates based on availability and demand. Contracting does not necessarily mean a price discount. Discounts that do occur are based on volume and begin at quantities over 1,100 pounds. The primary benefits of contracting include guaranteed future availability, financing, and storage.
What is the difference between crop year and brew year?
Crop year refers to the year the hops are harvested. Contracts run from September of the harvest year through August of the following year. Hops still need to be processed and become available to brewers between September (of the crop year) and February of the following year.
Brew year occurs from January through December – a typical calendar year. When brewers forecast for their brew year, they should take the crop year into consideration and think of it as an overlay when planning. Base your contract on your hop needs for the brew year that will follow the crop year.
Can I participate in hop selection?
Selection is open to breweries with a minimum contract volume of 2,200 pounds per variety.
Can I contract for hops that were grown by a specific farm?
Our business model involves bringing in the highest quality hops from top-tier farms across the Pacific Northwest partially in order to mitigate the inherent risk that comes with agriculture. If you have a preferred farm to source from, including Crosby, please communicate those preferences to your account manager. We’ll gladly allocate you those hops if we have the ability to, but we can’t guarantee it.
What happens if I have extra hops at the end of the year?
High-quality T-90 pellets that are properly stored are good for three to five years, so you can continue to work them into recipes while confidently maintaining quality.
If you can’t use the hops, there are a number of resources for swapping or selling them, such as neighboring brewers, BeerAdvocate Community Forums, the Lupulin Exchange, MBAA forums, and your local guild forum.
Project your needs to the best of your ability and reevaluate them quarterly. Communicate any changes in needs to your account manager as soon as you’re aware of them. The more advance notice you give, the more flexibility may be available. If we’re able, Crosby Hops can potentially move contracted volumes from one variety to another. After a crop year has ended, and usually during it, it’s very rare that we’re able to make changes.