This year’s crop of backyard hops are coming in thick and green, cascading all over the pergola, even after suffering some unfortunate hail damage early in the spring. As harvest time draws near, though, I thought I’d ask you, dear reader, for some help with a problem I have. It is a bit like a math problem, but substitutes hops for trains leaving Chicago and Indianapolis.
Three hop varieties were planted two years ago: Cascadia, Chinook, and Centennial. Unfortunately, all but one died that first year. The next year, I planted another variety, this time with another “Oregon” name: Mt. Hood, Cascade, or the like. Maybe even one of the vines I killed previously. Trouble is, I forgot to write down which was which or what was what. Can you help identify which varities I have growing, given the clues above, and the photo below?