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.