Hop farming has a significant history in the rich agricultural area surrounding Beekman Farm (read more about that by clicking here) and has seen a resurgence in the area with the culinary world’s new fascination with craft beers (read more about this by clicking here)

We even included a microbrew beer mustard in the Beekman 1802 Farm Pantry Collection for Target.

We need more hops grown in America! This is why we were excited when our friend Laura Ten Eyck published her new book, The Hop Grower’s Handbook.

“When we first started planting hops beyond the garden gate there were few resources to guide Easterners interested in growing hops in the garden, on a small scale, or commercially. The number of East Coast craft brewers was rapidly expanding, and many were starting to clamor for locally grown hops. But all the books, research papers, and online resources available were primarily about hop production in the Northwest, which takes place at a vast scale under completely different climatic conditions. So, we decided to create the book we wish we had when we started out, in the hopes that it will help others who want to grow hops, either for their own use or for market and help fuel the renaissance of small-scale, sustainable hop growing in the East.”

In The Hop Grower’s Handbook, you’ll gain a general understanding of the hop plant itself, its botany, its history, and its role in the brewing of beer. You’ll also learn about hop varieties, how and where to grow and care for them, and what kind of infrastructure and equipment you will need at various scales—whether you are growing hops on a city balcony, in a backyard garden, in a miniature hop yard, or as the real thing. We also explain how to process the cones to ensure the highest quality for beer making, explain the basics of how beer is made, and talk about the role of hops in brewing beer. As a grower, the more you know about how hops are used by brewers, the better. At the end of the book, friends who are commercial brewers and home brewers share their recipes for beer they have made with our hops. One thing we have found is that, like drinking beer, growing hops is a social activity that brings together friends and community.

 

 

This excerpt is adapted from Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring’s The Hop Grower’s Handbook and is printed with permission from Chelsea Green Publishing

by Josh and Brent

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