Member grower Mighty Axe Hops has once again been featured in an area newspaper. This time it is the Rochester Post-Bulletin. The article highlights their small-scale, organic nature and their plans for future growth. You can read the article on the Post-Bulletin website.
The Growler, a regional publication for craft beer enthusiasts, recently published an article about the MHGA. Adam Overland authored the article in which he intereviewed several MHGA members having differing perspectives on growing hops in our state. It's well written and provides a good synapse of the current state of commercial hop farming in Minnesota. You can read it on the Growler's website.
Just a reminder that our 1st Annual All-Member meeting is 10 AM on Saturday at at Day Block Brewery in Minneapolis. RSVP now to help ensure we have everyone accommodated for.
Dr. Charlie Rohwer from the University of Minnesota has released a 2013 season update for his ongoing hop research. You can view the update at the following link. The update is listed as "2013 Update" in the right-side column. Also check out the MN hop pesticide list on the same page.
The University of Wisconsin Extension and North Central Sustainable Agriculture and Education program are hosting their 5th Annual Seminar for Hop Production for the Wisconsin Brewing Industry. The seminar will focus on preserving hop quality from production through brewing.
The seminar will be held March 1 in Wausau, WI. View their web page for more information: http://buffalo.uwex.edu/agriculture/barley-and-hops/
Member grower Mighty Axe Hops was recently featured in a MinnPost.com article. The article touches on Mighty Axe's Eric Sannerud's connection with the land, efforts to organize young farmers in Minnesota, and the potentially tense relationships between small farmers and big agribusiness farmers.
You can read the article here:
Save the date! Saturday February 22nd will be the first annual meeting of the Minnesota Hop Growers Association. It will be held at the Day Block Event Center located at 1105 Washington Ave S in Minneapolis. The event center is upstairs from the soon to be open Day Block Brewing Company ( www.dayblockbrewing.com ).
This is a free, members-only event. Non-members can become a member using our Registration Form.
Tentative Agenda: (subject to change)
10:00 - 10:30 Registration
10:30-12:00 MHGA Business Meeting
12:00 - 1:00 lunch
1:00-3:30 "Establishing a Hop Yard" Presentations and panel discussion (Variety Selection/Planting, Trellis Design/Construction, Irrigation)
3:30 - 4:00 Local hops - Brewer perspective
4:00 - 5:00 Social Hour
Anyone processing hops needs to be aware of food safety practices and regulations that apply. The University of Minnesota Extension is putting on a Microbrewery Food Safety and HACCP Workshop. We have been assured that the content will apply to hops processing as well. Information can be found at:
The Hop Garden is offering two workshops on growing Hops. The first, Backyard Hop Growing, is designed for the home brewer or the folks that just like to learn more about hops and how they are used in beer making. Workshop dates are January 11th, 25th, and February 8th. Cost is $45/person or $35/person for groups of two or more.
The second workshop, The Commercial Hop Growing Workshop, is designed for the person that is thinking about growing a larger amount of hops from ¼ acre which is about 250 plants to 10 acres or more. Workshop dates are
February 1st, 15th and 22nd. Cost is $125 per person or $95 per person if signing up in a group of two or more.
Visit http://thehopgarden.net/ for more details and registration information.