I have to admit, when I first saw these posters I didn't understand them because I'm not a big beer drinker. However my husband, who both enjoys buying and brewing his own craft beer, recognized the names of all these hops and declared the posters "very cool" indeed. So, there you have it. Educational art for (lovable) beer geeks!
In case you're still confused, here's a little refresher on how beer is made: Hops are one of the basic ingredients used in beer brewing. Specifically, it's the flower of the hop plant, which is a member of the hemp family. Craft beers are typically made with a blend of hops, which are chosen for the particular flavor and aroma they'll impart to the beer brew.
These posters — titled The Single Hop Project, and designed by the DC-based Committee on Opprobriations — seek to "encourage better understanding of hops and the distinct way each varietal can influence beer by creating a visual representation of each hop." Each poster shows a single hop, its country of origin, the alpha, beta and cohumulone acid percentages, and the commercial release date.
If you know a beer brewer with a strong affinity for a particular hop, one of these Hop prints would make quite the thoughtful gift! I think my husband had his eye on Amarillo...
Buy It → Single Hop Prints, $17 at Society6
(Images: Designed by Committee on Opprobriations)