- Dual Purpose
- 🇺🇸 United States
Discovered growing wild in Idaho's St. Joe River Valley — a region with a deep brewing history dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries — Elani was found by Tim Sattler, the owner of Yakima Quality Hops. Unlike most commercially viable hop varieties that are the result of careful breeding and scientific experimentation, Elani emerged from the wild, a product of natural cross-pollination among hops cultivated by miners and loggers in the past centuries. This wild hop was brought back to the Yakima Valley, where it was cultivated and confirmed to be genetically unique, before being officially named. The name Elani is a tribute to MElanie, the late sister of Tim Sattler and mother of YQH vice president Lee Rottweiler, reflecting the family-oriented nature of their business.
Elani is praised for its tropical and citrus notes, with a sensory profile that includes pineapple, guava, white peach, tangerine, lime, and orange zest. It is described as clean and bright, with a mid-range alpha acid content and high total oil content, providing brewers with the flexibility to use it alone or in combination with other impactful hops. Elani is suitable for both whirlpool and dry-hop applications, making it a versatile choice for brewers looking to add complex aromas to their beers.