Patent No. PP18602P3: Hop Plant Named ‘Bravo’

Today in 2008, US Patent PP18602 P3 was issued, an invention of Roger D. Jeske and Joe Brulotte, assigned to S.S. Steiner, Inc., for their “Hop Plant Named ‘Bravo.'” Here’s the Abstract:

A new and distinct variety of hop, Humulus lupulus L., named “01046” is characterized by its exceptional cone yield, high percentage of alpha acids, and resistance to hop powdery mildew strains found in Washington. The new variety was cultivated as a result of a cross in 2000 at Golden Gate Roza Hop Ranches in Prosser, Wash., United States and has been asexually reproduced in Prosser, Wash., United States.


Patent No. PP15663P2: Hop Plant Named ‘YCR Accession No. 4’

Today in 2005, US Patent PP15663 P2 was issued, an invention of Charles E. Zimmermann, assigned to Select Botanicals Group, L.L.C., for his “Hop Plant Named ‘YCR Accession No. 4.'” Here’s the Abstract:

A new hop plant (Humulus lupulus) is disclosed. The new variety is used for its aromatic properties. The new variety is moderately tolerant to powdery mildew, and produces a medium size moderately compact cone with good pickability and storageability. The cones mature relatively late, and produce an exceptional yield of approximately 2200 to 3000 pounds per acre (2466 to 3363 kg/ha).


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Patent No. PP24299P2: Hop Plant Named ‘Calypso’

Today in 2014, just one year ago, US Patent PP24299 P2 was issued, an invention of Roger D. Jeske and Paul D. Matthews, assigned to S.S. Steiner, Inc., for their “Hop Plant Named ‘Calypso.’” Here’s the Abstract:

A new and distinct aroma variety of hop, Humulus lupulus L., named ‘CALYPSO’ is characterized by its large yield, unique aroma and resistance to hop powdery mildew.


Beer In Ads #1485: The Better The Hops The Better The Beer Flavor

Thursday’s ad is for another one for Budweiser, also from 1916. It seems like this is part of a series from the same year. This one has the great headline “The Better the Hops the Better the Beer Flavor.” Like yesterday’s ad, the parting shot is “Budweiser Means Moderation,” which was part of a strategy to convince people that beer should be spared that the brewing industry adopted far too late to stop the 18th Amendment from being ratified, establishing prohibition in 1920. Needless to say, it was too little, too late, but it’s a cool ad.


Patent No. 3079925A: Machine For Plucking Hops Or Like Plants

Today in 1963, US Patent 3079925 A was issued, an invention of Albert Edward Brookes, for his “Machine for Plucking Hops or Like Plants.” There’s no Abstract, but the description claims that the “The object of this invention is to provide a convenient machine more particularly for plucking hop flowers from their bines, but also usable for analogous purposes, such, for example, as the plucking of beans from their bines, or for separating seeds from herbs and the like.” The description continues:

A machine according to the invention comprises in combination a plurality of endless conveyor chains each incorporating a plurality of spaced and outwardly extending conveyor fingers, means supporting complementary runs of the plurality of conveyor chains for traverse through substantially straight parallel paths, a plurality of fixed parallel channels within which the outer ends of the conveyor fingers are adapted to engage during movement along said substantially straight paths, and a plurality of endless plucking chains each having a substantially straight run extending parallel to the straight runs of the conveyor chains, said plucking chains having outwardly extending plucking fingers adapted to pass between the conveyor fingers, and being adapted to be driven at a speed such that the plucking fingers on the straight run will move in the same direction as, but at a greater speed than the conveyor fingers.


Patent No. 3123476A: Production Of Hopped Wort

Today in 1964, US Patent 3123476 A was issued, an invention of Michael Edward Ash, assigned to Arthur Guinness Son and Company for his “Production of Hopped Wort.” Here’s the Abstract:

The invention relates to the hopping of wort, a stage in the brewing process which takes place prior to fermentation. The object of the hopping process is to extract from the hops and transfer to the Wort certain desirable flavouring substances particularly humulone, or substances derived therefrom, which are generally considered to provide the bitter flavour in finished beer, and which in some cases may exercise a preservative function.


Patent No. 1054119A: Apparatus For Picking Hops

Today in 1913, US Patent 1054551 A was issued, an invention of Emil Clemens Horst, for his “Apparatus For Picking Hops,” and his second patent to be issued today. There’s no Abstract, but the description states he’s “devised a complete system for mechanically picking hops from the vines and separating them from the leaves and stems, with which they are co-mingled and delivering them to dryers by machinery.”

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Patent No. 1054551A: Method Of Picking Hops

Today in 1913, US Patent 1054551 A was issued, an invention of Emil Clemens Horst, for his “Method of Picking Hops.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that the “invention comprises a method of picking hops and [he has] disclosed in the accompanying drawings apparatus by which my method may be performed.”

To the attainment of the desirable results which will be hereinafter more particularly described, the method which I prefer to employ as comprehended in the scope of this application is as follows: First: Passing the hop vines over and in contact with suit able picker mechanism. Second: Depositing the hops by gravity into a suitable conveyer by means of which they’re carried to an inclined cylindrical separator. Third: Subjecting any clusters to a further separating action, then causing the hop stems and trash to be elevated and repassed through the separating cylinder just de scribed. Fourth: Finally conveying the hops to the dry house from the combined cleaning mechanism.


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Patent No. 1526945A: Hop Picker

Today in 1925, US Patent 1526945 A was issued, an invention of Daniel E. Williamson, for his “Hop Picker.” There’s no Abstract, and the application is a little hard to read because of the mistakes the character reader made, which was in higher numbers than usual. But essentially it appears to be a comb to pick hops, roughly described as follows.

The combs are both vented to create a new and useful Hop Picker, with hands being used to comb the hops from the which the following is a specification, pulling vines into the basket. It will be understood this invention relates more particularly that where the device is used on both hands to devices for picking hops, it is preferably made right and left.

It looks simply like a stylized comb used to manually pick the hops, possibly the stragglers that a machine missed or for smaller acreage where a machine was too big or inefficient.

Patent No. 2496858A: Hop-Picking Machine

Today in 1950, US Patent 2496858 A was issued, an invention of Millard E. Crowley, for his “Hop-Picking Machine.” there’s no Abstract, but according to the description, the “invention relates to hop-picking machines or the like, and more particularly to improvements in the construction and mode of operation of the same.” But it’s a complicated apparatus, best read the application to get the full picture of how the machine works.