Friday, June 4, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Winding River Hops is a 1 acre hops yard located in Clyde, N.C. The yard is operated and owned by Scott Grahl and Stephanie Willis.
Scott has contributed to over three year’s research into hops by planting an acre in 2009. In the many hats he wears, Scott’s duties have included: researcher, planner, organizer, sales, consultant, mentor, student, and physical laborer. Scott is certified as an Advanced Manager of Environmental Safety and Health through N.C State University. Through this program, he has learned many different “Green” methods that he utilizes in a field environment. He has business experience, overseeing several projects from start to completion for his employer, Evergreen Packaging.
Stephanie has also been involved in hop research for the past three years, growing an acre in 2009. Stephanie completed the Rural Entrepreneurship Through Action Learning (REAL) small business course at Haywood Community College. Stephanie’s knowledge has enabled us to complete a very good business plan and to meet all legal requirements for the farm. Until 2009, where a shift to hops production was made, Stephanie farmed her land in livestock, breeding Boer goats and Red Heller dogs. Stephanie currently works in Patient Financial Services at Haywood County Hospital.
In the hops yard, we grow three varieties: Nugget, Sterling, and Glacier. We will be providing fresh picked, whole hops to local micro-breweries to use in seasonal “wet” hop brews. Wet hopping is an increasingly popular way to brew beer, and offers the impeccable beer connoisseur a uniquely tasting bottle of brew. Wet hopping brings out the bouquet and full flavorful essence of the hops found in no other form of brewing.
Blue Ridge Hops
from our view -- to your brew
Nestled in the mountains of Madison County, North Carolina, Blue Ridge Hops began producing top quality organic hops in 2008. We are a USDA certified organic farm and we take pride in the attention we give our plants.
Unlike the large hops producers of the Pacific Northwest who grow hundreds of acres of hops and harvest them with machines all at once, we harvest our cones by hand over several days, selecting cones at their peak maturity. We dry the cones on site, on the same day of harvest, to assure no reduction in quality. For brewers interested in "wet hopping" we can arrange for delivery of cones within hours of harvest. We anticipate this year's harvest will begin in late July and run through mid-August. Our hops are available to local microbreweries as well as home brewers.
We grow both aroma and bittering varieties, including:
Cascade Willamette Nugget Fuggle Magnum
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