Here, a Hop plant is shown in the picture. The Hop plant is a vigorous, climbing, herbaceous perennial, usually trained to grow up strings in a field called a hop field, hop garden (nomenclature in the South of England), or hop yard (in the U.S.) when grown commercially. Many different varieties of hops are grown by farmers around the world, with different types being used for particular styles of beer. Hops are used extensively in brewing for their antibacterial effect that favors the activity of brewer's yeast over less desirable microorganisms and for other purported benefits. They help to balance the sweetness of the malt with bitterness, and contribute with a variety of desirable flavors and aromas.

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