Coleman Agriculture Partners with Oregon State University for First-of-Its-Kind Hops Terroir Research Study
Initial results reveal that soil influences hop flavor and, ultimately, beer profiles
GERVAIS, Ore. (August 19, 2019) – Scientists at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences (OSU) and Red Hill Soils, along with farmers from Oregon’s largest hop grower, Coleman Agriculture, recently shared the initial findings of a yearlong study into the effects of terroir on the flavor profile of hops, a primary ingredient in beer. For the purpose of the study, terroir is defined as the unique soil composition, climate, and cultural practices that may impact the flavor and aroma of hops. The preliminary findings were presented at the Coleman Hop Terroir event in one of Coleman Agriculture’s hop yards near Independence, Ore., to a select group of industry professionals, including brewers, industry professionals, media, scientists and neighboring farmers.
John Coleman—Sr. Hop Resource
Bill Cahill—Hop Management & Soil Resource
Haley Nelson—Communication & Collaboration Program Manager
Andy Gallagher—Soil Classifier & Soil Scientist, Red Hills Soils
Dr. Betsy Verhoeven—OSU Extension Agent, Field Crops
Dr. Tom Shellhammer—Nor’Wester Endowed Professor of Fermentation Science at OSU
Dr. Shaun Townsend—OSU Aroma Hop Breeder
About Coleman Agriculture
Coleman Agriculture is a sixth-generation family-owned and -operated farm with headquarters just south of the small Western Oregon community of St. Paul. Coleman manages over 8,000 acres of land in the Willamette Valley, cultivating some of the highest-quality crops you’ll find anywhere. They specialize in hops, hazelnuts, seed crops and a variety of vegetables, selling directly to brokers and commercial partners. Coleman Agriculture is one of the most diverse hop growers in Oregon, producing over 2 million pounds, from 24 distinct varieties, every year.
Through its world-class research on agriculture and food systems, natural resource management, rural economic development and human health, the College provides solutions to Oregon’s most pressing challenges and contributes to a sustainable environment and a prosperous future for Oregonians.