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Tagged With: MIdwest Hops

Lessons from the USA Hop Convention: A note from HopHead Bon

      It is Day 1 of the 2013 USA Hop Convention.  Jeff and I arrived in Chico last night.   We had a great time hanging out with many PNW hop growers in the lounge at the hotel. This is just the beginning.  We have 4 more days to go.  Each day we will … Continue reading »

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“The Brew View” DryHop Brewers Q & A with Bob Benenson

Greg Shuff (owner) and Brant Dubovick (head brewer), DryHop Chicago brewpub, July 16, 2012:   Have you ever joked about beer being better than sex? That proposition will get a new twist in a few months when DryHop — a gastro-pub with an all-star lineup in the brewhouse and kitchen — opens in a Chicago … Continue reading »

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Sam Sherwood, head brewer, Walldorff Brewpub and Bistro, Hastings, Michigan

The southwestern portion of Michigan has become a hotbed for craft brewing over the past couple of decades, with producers such as Bell’s (of Kalamazoo) and Founders (of Grand Rapids) growing into nationally recognized brands, and others gaining serious regional reputations. Yet when Michigan Travel and Vacation magazine in June 2012 named the winner of … Continue reading »

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A Welcome to Hop Head Bob

This spring we had the pleasure of meeting Bob Benenson.  He is a writer going through a sort of rebirth.  Having been a political writer and editor for many years (something I try to stay far away from), Bob decided to make the move to more enjoyable things in life.  That move brought Bob, his … Continue reading »

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Hops Growing a Community or A Community Growing Hops?- a note from HopHeadBon

Wow!  Well, here we are on the 26th of July!  I am feeling a bit reflective and very thankful.  I want to take some time to acknowledge  some folks who have really made a difference in the growth of Hop Head Farms. We are a part of a wonderful community here in Hickory Corners.  Neighbors, … Continue reading »

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Biologicals at Work in Hop Yard

  Eeewww! Yuck.  Nasty. We were recently up close and personal with one of Humulus lupulus l.’s mortal enemies, the two-spotted spider mite.  Here you can see several individuals as well as a bunch of their eggs that I took a snapshot of with our digital microscope.  A couple days back I saw a predator … Continue reading »

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Waiting until the Hops are ready: a note from Hop Head Bon

Sometimes nature does not do exactly what we want.  It is something that we can pretend that we  control.  The truth is that nature controls us and we learn how to react to it.  If you fight it too much, you will end up very tired and probably defeated.  I try to learn from nature … Continue reading »

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A hybrid production model for growing hops in the Midwest / Michigan

Although there are many things all happening at once it seems around here and there is always something to address, I thought I’d take a few moments to explain our approach to proper hop culture for our region / climate.  Whether you want hops for your homebrew or for your giant x # of barrel … Continue reading »

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