Challenger (Pre-order)


Pre-order your bare root hop plant now for delivery in December.

Challenger is an English hop variety bred at Wye in 1972 combining Northern Brewer and German Zattler.


Challenger is an English hop variety bred at Wye in 1972 combining Northern Brewer and German Zattler.

This variety tends to crop fairly evenly throughout the length of the plant. Challenger is a dual purpose hop with Alpha acids of 6.5 – 8.5%, providing the brewing industry with an aroma and bittering hop suitable in both lagers and bitters.

Challenger is the preferred Hop for Bass Best Bitter.

Resistant to downy mildew and powdery mildew but susceptible to verticillium wilt.

Substitutes: Perle, Northern Brewer

Additional information



Hop plant purpose


Cone size

Medium – Large



Brew style

Imperial Stout

Hop Plant Care

Growing hops is easy!  The instructions below are sent with each plant, and you can find more information on our Guides & Info page.

  • Hop plants are a hardy perennial, best planted as a bare root during the dormant winter months.
  • Hops like a well drained fertile soil and should be planted in open ground as soon as possible.
  • Make sure the hole is deep and the crown well covered.
  • Mark the spot with a screw peg.
  • Install your support (trellis, coir string) for the plant to climb up before the spring.
  • Small shoots should appear when the weather warms (April)
  • Train the shoots clockwise during May & June.
  • Harvest at the end of August.

Availability & Delivery

Dormant root stock becomes available in late November / December.  Pre-order is available in October.

We will deliver this rhizome as a bare root hop plant, wrapped in damp moss to keep it protected and to prevent it drying.

Delivery is by Royal Mail and can take up to one week.

Please note, while we do send bare root hop plants overseas, we do not offer a replacement or refund if the hop plant fails to arrive.

Hop Plant T&Cs

All of our plants are checked for viability and the presence of new shoots before we send them. We are confident that if you follow our care instructions you will have a happy hop plant.  Do keep in mind that your plant will not reach its full growth potential until the third season, after it has put down roots and got established.  In the event that your plant is not successful please get in touch here.

Overseas Customers: There is no refund/replacement policy for overseas deliveries that are not delivered or fail to grow. We cannot guarantee that your plants will not be seized or delayed at customs.