Pre-order time for hop rhizomes is coming up soon, and I think I'm going to try my hand at growing some next spring/summer.
What would be the best "go-to" varieties to start out with? I'm thinking I have room for maybe 5 or 6 varieties for the first year, and I'd like to start with commonly used hops that I could put to use. I most commonly brew Pale Ales, Wheats, and Stouts.
Currently gathering equipment to go all-grain, and while lower cost per batch isn't my primary reason, it's certainly a welcome side-effect and having homegrown hops on hand would drive the cost down even further. We are also avid gardeners, so the chance to combine two hobbies seems cool. Plus, using hops that I grew would just add one more layer of "home" to homebrewed....
So, I guess I'm mainly looking for suggestions on which varieties to order. I'm thinking it's between Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Northern Brewer, Hallertau, Tettnang and Willamette. Possible substitutions are welcomed, as I have yet to do my research on which varieties will grow well in my area, and it also seems that some varieties are under quarantine this year....
Thanks for any thoughts you might have!