I live in Meadville, about an hour and a half from Bradford. I have tried golding, saaz, fuggle, williamette, crystal, cascade, chinook, centennial, columbus, and nugget.
I ended up pulling the golding, saaz, and fuggle, never produced, and the mites totally destroyed them. Also pulled the crystal and williamette. They grew well, just didnt want them. Ended up keeping the columbus, a ton of huge cones and very easy to pick, the cascade and centennial, chinook and nugget all do well. Have about 30 total. If I could only plant one, it would be Columbus, good for dual purpose, and a little goes a long way for bittering.
I bitter with the all of them, and just use middle of the road AA #'s. I've never had a problem, and none of my buddies have complained yet