Hops are what give beer its bitter taste, to a lesser or greater degree. But the bitter substances in hops not only affect the taste of the beer; they’re also responsible for maintaining a good beer head of foam. The essential oils in hops give the beer its aroma, whilst the tannins have a positive effect on shelf life. The origins and percentage of hops used in a beer are of utmost significance.

As with the malting barley, we support and promote Swiss suppliers in sourcing our hops. Most of the hops used in the Brauerei Locher AG for Appenzeller Bier come from Switzerland. The organic hops we use in our organic beer are cultivated exclusively in Switzerland.