Wisconsin’s Northern Discovery and the importance of wild hops

When La Crosse, Wisconsin’s, Pearl Street Brewery released Linalool IPA on October 16, they made history as the first brewery to use the Wisconsin wild hop, Northern Discovery, in a bottled beer. Pearl Street’s brewmaster and founder Joe Katchever likes the idea of his brewery utilizing what is essentially a local hop. “The beer is basically … [ Read more]

Hops + Malt + Coffee = Big Watt Brewers Press

It seems like every brewer is adding cold press coffee to craft beer these days, but you may not yet be familiar with coffee roasters adding hops to cold press. It’s a delicate balance—both hops and coffee have intensely flavored acids that will clash if a brewer isn’t careful. Big Watt founders Jason Westplate and Lee Carter have come up … [ Read more]

Green acres: investment, innovation, and the future of local hops

Early September brings with it the start of school, the last vacation to the cabin, or even a blue ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair. For hop growers, this time of year means a hectic, labor-intensive, but potentially glorious payoff: harvest. From mid-August through mid-September, hop growers from across Minnesota’s burgeoning hop industry are gathering … [ Read more]

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Mighty Axe Hops Releases Free Minnesota Hops Grower’s Guide

Growing hops can be a treacherous journey filled with scary-sounding pitfalls like nutrient deficiencies, spider mites and downey mildew. Done right, however, even the backyard hop grower can yield bountiful bines of fresh, hoppy goodness. The folks over at Mighty Axe Hops in Ham Lake, Minnesota, today released the Minnesota Hop Grower’s Guide, a 21-page overview that … [ Read more]

Bitter Reality: How to Manage Rising Hop Prices

In this article, local supply chain consultants from West Monroe Partners discuss how brewers handle the volatility of hop prices as demand and supply costs continue to grow. The beers once villainized by Keystone’s “Bitter Beer Face” campaign are now some of the most popular styles in America. This evolution of consumers’ taste buds hasn’t … [ Read more]

Wanna buy a Hopyard? Hippity Hops is on the block

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

Why I Love Hops

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 … [ Read more]

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A Growing Community at Brau Brothers

Estate-Grown Hops & a New Estate 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 one is doing … [ Read more]

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

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 … [ Read more]