- Author: Karen Giovannini
NorCal Hop Growers Alliance and UC Cooperative Extension of Sonoma County are offering the Second Annual Growing Hops Workshop “Growth and Sustainability.” A one day seminar on hops including steps to starting a small scale commercial hop farm, examining the local market and current research studies, learning how to build relationships with local breweries, and visiting a hop farm on Saturday, March 25, 8am-5pm at SRJC Shone Farm, 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville, CA.
Speakers include Dietrich Gehring of Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery & Brewery in Altamont, New York and author of The Hop Grower's Handbook; Rohit Nayyar, Dean Peckham, and Jaspaul Bains founders and owners of United Hops in Yuba City; Christian Toran, Head Brewer of the new sustainability-focused Seismic Brewing Company; and several others.
A panel of local hop growers will discuss small-scale hop farming; and a panel of local hop brewers will discuss their needs and brewing with fresh hops; and at the end of day, a field trip to Redwood Hill Farm's new hopyard.
You also have a chance to view the new SRJC educational brewing program equipment at Shone Farm.
Read When Hops was the 'King of Crops' an historical account of hops in Sonoma County, with some wonderful photos, written by Gaye LeBaron for The Press Democrat February 2016 (note the date for last years workshop is included).
$45.00 if paid by 3/17; $65 after 3/17.
***SPACE IS LIMITED, WE EXPECT TO SELL OUT***
Registration closes at 9 am Thursday, March 23.
Doors open at 8 am, presentations begin at 8:30.
Coffee and snacks in the morning and
catered lunch following the malt beverage tasting.
|Taste beverages from single hop varieties