Slovenia is an Eastern European nation state, bordering Croatia, Austria and Hungary. It’s a popular hop growing region accounting for about 3% of the worlds hop crop. In the 1930s, some Slovenian farmers brought home and planted, what they thought were Golding hops and called them Savinja Golding. Turns out it was actually a Fuggle variety. Savinja Golding was later renamed Styrian Golding, after Styria, the Austrian State bordering Slovenia.
Styrian Golding, like Fuggle, is a versatile aroma hop with relatively low alpha acids (4.5-6%). It is high in humulene oils which contributes a spicy character. Expect a delicate, pleasant, earthy aroma. Although it’s an excellent replacement for Fuggle, Styrian Golding has certainly developed a name for itself. It’s common in English style ales such as ESBs as well as Belgian ales. Styrian Golding hop pellets are available at Barley’s Homebrewing Supplies.