At the October 15th board meeting, the MHGA board passed a motion to provide support to a University of Minnesota project, led by undergraduate student researcher Joshua Havill and overseen by Dr. John Erwin and Dr. Charlie Rowher, studying several aspects of above ground hop plant propagation. In a nutshell, Joshua's work aims to reduce the cost of starting new plants, by researching various techniques that would allow Midwest growers to effectively establish new plants from existing plants without requiring the purchase of new plants or rhizomes. The board agreed to purchase plant stock that Joshua would use to conduct his research. Joshua has agreed to include a team of MHGA members that will help provide direct grower input into his research. At the conclusion of the project, the results will be shared with MHGA members, and all MHGA-purchased plant stock will be returned to the organization.
On December 8th, from 2-5pm, the MHGA will be holding a member meet & greet to be hosted at Surly Brewing. This is an opportunity for members to connect and network while enjoying a tasty brew. This event is open to all members and spouses are welcome. If you have any questions you can contact us through the website or the forums. We hope to see you there!
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The forums are now up and running, members can use the link in the top menu to get to them or visit the forum directly here on Google Groups. If you have any problems accessing them, drop a note to us via the Contact page.
On Saturday, September 7, 2013, the MHGA held it's first New Hop Grower Workshop. Over 75 people attended the workshop held at the University of Minnesota's Southern Research and Outreach Center.
Many thanks to all the speakers: John Brach (MHGA president), Charlie Rohwer (U of M hop researcher), Rich Joseph (Wisconsin Hop Exchange), Jeremy Munson (MHGA VP), Joshua Havill and Ian Bottorff (U of M Students), Bobby Blasey (Mankato Brewery).
And a big thanks to Betsy Wieland (U of M), Jill Sackett (U of M), and Jenn Foley (MHGA) for facilitating and supporting the event.
Finally, thanks goes to the University of Minnesota for hosting and co-sponsoring the workshop.
The MHGA is discussing holding a few in-depth sessions this winter which build upon topics presented at the workshop. Stay tuned!!
We have reached the limit on the number of attendees for our New Hop Grower Workshop this Saturday! Thanks to everyone who has registered. It is sure to be a valuable event to anyone who is considering growing or has just begun to grow hops.
Stay tuned to our web page for more news and information from the Minnesota Hop Growers Association.
See you at the workshop!
If you can't attend our New Grower Workshop in Waseca on September 7th, there is another event you should consider. On Saturday, Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater is hosting their 5th Anniversary Pickin' & Grinnin' which celebrates Minnesota's annual hop harvest. Lift Bridge has again partnered with MHGA member grower Hippity Hops to supply the fresh hops for the event and Lift Bridge's special brew, the Harvestör™.
This is a fun event where you can help pick hops brought in directly from the hop yard at Hippity Hops. There will be live music, brewery tours, special beer tappings, and more. So if you can't make the workshop...and you really should...then have some fun with our friends at Hippity Hops and Lift Bridge Brewing.
You can find out more about and register for Pickin' & Grinnin' at their event page: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7965941345/
Member grower Hippity Hops was recently featured in a Star Tribune article. The article highlights Minnesota's ideal climate for growing hops, the work that is required to harvest hops, and the importance of partnerships between brewers and growers.
It also includes a great picture of George and Leah in their hop yard. :)
Check it out here.
MHGA is partnering with the University of Minnesota to host a New Hop Growers Workshop at the Southern Research and Outreach center in Waseca, MN on September 7th, 2013.
The workshop is intended to provide prospective and new growers with an introduction to what it takes to grow hops commercially at small-scale in our state. It will also be a great opportunity to meet and share information with other MN hop growers.
For more info and registration see our New Hop Growers Workshop page.
We have just launched a redesigned website and a new logo. While still evolving, the new website will help facilitate the MN hop grower community.
Special thanks to Gaslight Creative for the work they did to create our new logo!!
On March 23, 2013 an organizational meeting was held to form the Minnesota Hop Growers Association (MHGA) with the goals to support scientific research that benefits Minnesota hop growers, educate the public on topics regarding hop production in the state, educate new and existing growers on the specifics of hop cultivation, and to support the growth of a community Minnesota hop growers.
Board Members and Officers were elected and work began to formally establish the organization.
President - John Brach
Vice President - Jeremy Munson
Secretary - Kallie Munson
Treasurer - Jen Foley
For more information visit our About page.
To become a member visit our Membership page.