Sustainable growing practices.
We know our crop intimately. Using Integrated Pest Management [IPM] principles, Hop Head Farms keeps tabs on everything that is happening within our yards. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach that relies on a combination of common sense practices to monitor and control insect pests and damaging plant disease. We are experienced in using both biological controls that align with organic growing practices and conventional methods. By integrating the two, we get the best results and remain good stewards of the land.
At Hop Head Farms, our focus is always to provide the highest quality hops to brewers large and small. Our system ensures that we produce a consistent product, whether it is wet hops, whole dried or pelleted. We have the equipment that is scaled to handle large batches of hops, yet treat them like the delicate flowers that they are. Each step in processing is done with efficiency and an attention to detail.
“The hopyard is an extension of the brewery.”
Our team knows how important sanitation is for our brewer clients. We pride ourselves on clean facilities from the harvester through storage. We see the hop yard as an extension of the brewery. Every surface the hops touch needs to be clean and certified food safe – whether it is a wet hop or packaged and pelleted.
Our network now includes growers throughout the U.S. Midwest, Germany, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. We all have one goal in mind – Quality!
At Hop Head Farms we use a combination of German equipment and American ingenuity. The Germans have been growing hops and refining harvesting and drying equipment for decades. From cutting the bines in the field to plucking hop flowers cleanly to drying them to perfection – each piece is very important. Our equipment was chosen to work as a full system and it is continually fine tuned depending on the hop variety and conditions for that harvest year.
The Hop Head Farms drying system is German engineered and specially designed for our facilities and farm sizes.
At Hop Head Farms, we aim for perfection. We take pride in delivering the freshest hop pellets with great aroma and high oil content.
PACKAGING AND STORAGE
All hop pellets are sealed in nitrogen flushed oxygen barrier bags, then boxed and stored frozen until shipped.