Wanna buy a Hopyard? Hippity Hops is on the block

Hopyard at Hippity Hops Farm // Photo courtesy The Top Hop

By Adam Folk If all goes as planned, George and Leah Shetka’s half-acre hopyard will be growing lush Cascade cones for years to come. Chickens will be pecking spider mites from the bases of their 20-foot tall bines, and fans of Lift Bridge’s Harvestor Fresh Hop Ale will be able to sip on the brew […]

Minnesota Hops on the Map

Minnesota Hops on the Map

By Adam Overland Minnesota is changing. The change was subtle at first, and many years from now it will be hard to say or remember exactly when it began. But history books love to mark time with dates, and so when the textbook is written about the history of hops in Minnesota, February 22, 2014 […]

Why I Love Hops

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In this edition of Deep Thoughts With Dave Hoops, I talk about one of  my favorite beer ingredients—hops. By Dave Hoops Photos by Dave Hoops My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. The hops used in brewing are the female flowers of the hop plant, Humulus Lupulus, a perennial producing […]

Pedigrees of Hop Varieties Poster

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bookstores.umn.edu | $25 each Hop pedigrees are interconnected and complicated but can be helpful for understanding existing varieties or for creating new varieties. This 24◊36-inch poster, printed on foam board, displays the pedigrees for over 40 varieties of hops developed by English, American, German, and Japanese breeding programs. From Brewer’s Gold to Bravo, Centennial to […]

A Growing Community at Brau Brothers

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Estate-Grown Hops & a New Estate By Liz Scholz Photo by Mark Neuzil, MinnPost Brewing and farms go together like beers and bikes, like summer and beer fests, like winter and beer fests. Many breweries are supporting local farms with their spent grain, feeding it to cattle, sometimes in exchange for tasty, tasty meat, but no […]

Ever wonder what happens to the hops grown at Target Field?

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If you went to a Twins game this season, you may have noticed the tall vines growing in the Target Field Plaza just outside of the ball park.  Those vines are hops, Willamette hops to be specific.  As Target Field was closed up for winter, one of the production crew members inquired as to what […]