Hops is a bine.
The flavorful and antibiotic hops plant appears to be of little use except in beer-making, where it plays four important roles:
- Hops provide bitterness to balance the flavor of beer
- Hops provide beer with a pleasant aroma
- Hops protects against unwanted microbes during yeast fermentation
- Hops preserves finished beer
A bine climbs by spiraling up 'round any support it runs into, using stiff, downward-pointing bristles, while a vine climbs by attaching itself with tendrils and suckers.
Bines ain't got no suckers.