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CLS Farms works with its 23 partner growers so you only brew with the highest quality El Dorado® hops. This hop is a high yield performer but requires a higher string density than conventional varieties to build a larger vine structure. Strong attention to fertility is also required to achieve proper vine structure.
Active water management is needed because
El Dorado® can be sensitive to over-irrigation. Disease and pest wise, El Dorado® is moderately susceptible to powdery mildew but controllable. To ensure global availability of El Dorado® hops, there is a strong focus on being compliant with the European Union Maximum Residue Levels (MRL) for crop protection tools.
In 2021, the El Dorado® Grower Guide was created to provide a set of standards to maintain quality among all growers. You can read it here.
El Dorado® hops elicit different aromas dependent on maturity and harvest window. Partner growers are supplied with a detailed harvest time frame and work with CLS Farms staff to monitor peak ripeness. A decade of sensory work with brewers and growers has given us a deep understanding of when to harvest El Dorado®.