Bitter Units

Stories from the Hop Country.

From Christoph Pinzl (Museum director)

Stories of busy hop farmers and wealthy hop dealers. About thousands of hop pickers who brought life to the hop yards year after year. Hop tells of monastery residents who are experts in healing, about princes who thought enlightened, of resourceful engineers and researchers. Hop shapes landscapes, builds its own houses, means world trade. A hop vine grows eight meters high in just three months – a world record. The amount of work is also record-breaking: scaffolding, fertilizing, ploughing, inserting, cutting, turning, crop protection, harvesting, drying, pressing, transporting. All handcrafted for centuries. And all for a bit of golden-yellow powder from the sets of bloom. Gold rush. Hop Roulette. New prices every year. New risk every year. Every year the decision is made again: wealth or ruin?

Hops – the ‘green gold’.

  • Bitterstoff, Blog | Monday 08.04.2024

    The rebel from Pötzmes

    When hop farmers and state-imposed plant protection clashed

  • Bitterstoff, Blog | Tuesday 20.02.2024

    A Machine for extracting the wires

    Of coincidences, lockdowns and mysterious devices

  • Bitterstoff, Blog, News | Friday 09.02.2024

    Neue Kunstausstellung

    Elisabeth Mehrl in der Museumsgalerie

  • Bitterstoff, Blog | Thursday 30.11.2023

    White Death and Green Gold

    Hops and the battle against tuberculosis