France | Alsace


The first domestic hop plants were introduced to Alsace around 1775 by a clergyman who was also a botany enthusiast. Known as green gold, this aromatic plant with disinfectant properties soon fostered the emergence of an important market. Together with malt, water and yeast, hops are a key ingredient of beer. Alsace — particularly the commune of Wingersheim in the eastern Bas-Rhin department — has long been central to hops production in France.

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Hops Harvest
France, Alsace, Lower Rhine, Fessenheim
Study, gouache, on Canson paper
Credit: Frédéric Back
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