Hops in California

The Chicago Brewseum concluded their annual … a few days ago and one of the presentations was on hop growing in California, the Zoom via Facebook link is HERE.

Their Beer History Week is on my beer travel bucket list, maybe as soon as next year. Especially the Ales Through the Ages event.

In the meantime, please donate to their historical cause HERE.

Hops in the Outfield

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If forced to attend a professional baseball game, I could have fun checking out the craft beer choices. Checking out the good food options and even the totally bad for you food. And at Coors Field, there is another attraction to keep my mind off the interminable length of an actual game.

The Colorado Rockies will be adding hop plants to the garden that is beyond the outfield. This gardne already includes the home run fountains as well as other plants and trees but now will have planter boxes of quite possibley Citra, Simcoe and Cascade. These hops will be used (if they successfully grow) in a fresh hop beer made by Blue Moon at the Sandlot.

Now watching beer being made is so much more interesting.

Acres of Hops

The IPA binge and growth in breweries is rippling through the ingredient sector.  Water is a major concern here in California and hops have gone through some peaks and valleys in recent times as well.  Maybe the slow and steady growth of hop acreage will ameliorate that problem.

You can read the full piece HERE but my take-aways are….

1. ” Hop acreage in Idaho increased by 39 percent last year ”

2. “the average U.S. price for hops rose from $3.18 a pound in 2012 to $3.59 in 2013. ”

Bear this in mind when you order up an IPA that you think is too expensive.  It may just be a passing of costs down the chain.

Hop acreage in Idaho increased by 39 percent last year – See more at: http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20140419/idaho-hop-acres-increase-again#sthash.8VaHc7iG.dpuf
Hop acreage in Idaho increased by 39 percent last year – See more at: http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20140419/idaho-hop-acres-increase-again#sthash.8VaHc7iG.dpuf
Hop acreage in Idaho increased by 39 percent last year – See more at: http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20140419/idaho-hop-acres-increase-again#sthash.8VaHc7iG.dpuf
Hop acreage in Idaho increased by 39 percent last year – See more at: http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20140419/idaho-hop-acres-increase-again#sthash.8VaHc7iG.dpuf

Hop acreage in Idaho increased by 39 percent last year – See more at: http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20140419/idaho-hop-acres-increase-again#sthash.8VaHc7iG.dpuf
Hop acreage in Idaho increased by 39 percent last year – See more at: http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20140419/idaho-hop-acres-increase-again#sthash.8VaHc7iG.dpuf
Hop acreage in Idaho increased by 39 percent last year – See more at: http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20140419/idaho-hop-acres-increase-again#sthash.8VaHc7iG.dpuf