Friday, January 9, 2015

First Regional NC and VA Hops Conference

Join us in Winston-Salem, NC

for the First Regional NC and Va Hops Conference

Saturday, March 14, 2015

preceded by a Beginning Hop Farmer session on Friday, March 13

Register now HERE

Join us for the first regional North Carolina and Virginia Hops Conference with a special pre-conference event for beginning growers.

THE MAIN EVENT: The conference will run from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday (March 14) with registration opening at 8 am. The conference is designed to bring together a large number of regional hop growers and brewers to help continue to grow the Southeastern hops industry. We have a great start, but to continue to advance, hop growers need to better understand the needs of brewers they want to sell to and the regional brewers need to understand the challenges facing hop growers in the Southeast. Working together we can avoid many frustrations and disappointments and build a strong, vibrant industry. Speakers will include experienced growers, local craft breweries, researchers from North Carolina and Virginia, and other industry representatives. We are putting the program together now and information will be provided as speakers and their presetations are confirmed. Lunch will be served.

FOR BEGINNING HOP GROWERS: A special pre-conference event will be held on Friday afternoon (March 13) from 2:00 to 6:00 pm with registration opening at 1:00 pm. Learn how to grow hops from experienced growers in the region.

WHO IS PUTTING ON THIS EVENT: This event is co-chaired by Jeanine Davis, hops researcher and extension specialist at NC State University and Stan Driver, director of the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative. The program committee includes Sebastian Wolfrum, Brewmill brewmaster; Mary Jac Brennan Forsyth County Extension agent; Sean O'Keefe, brewing science researcher at Virginia Tech University; Ken Hurley, beer chemist at Virginia Tech University; and Laban Rutto, hops researcher at Virginia State University.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: There are early bird and regular registration rates for the Saturday day long conference and the Friday afteroon beginning hop grower session. There will be a lunch on Saturday for everyone who registers through Eventbrite by March 7. Lunch or seating is not guaranteed for people who register at the door at the day of the event. SEATING IS LIMITED! Information on space availability will be provided.

EXHIBITORS: There is room for 15 exhibitors to have tables in the hallways. Tables will be provided. Please note: this is not a big professional conference center with pipe and drape and such. You will have a single six foot table in a hallway. Space is tight, as in close together. Please plan accordingly. Exhibitors must also register for the Saturday event. You are welcome to set up on Friday afternoon from 2 pm to 6 pm for the Saturday event or you can set up on Saturday morning between 7:30 am and 8:30 am. Exhibitors must register by March 7.

SPONSORS: We welcome sponsors to help us put on the best confernce possible. Sponsors will receive one free registration for Friday and Saturday, will be recognized here and on all promotional materials and the program, and will have several minutes to say a few words and show up to three slides at the event on Saturday. Please be prepared to provide a high quality resolution logo for all promotional material. If you would like to show slides on Saturday, those must be provided to Jeanine Davis ( by March 7. Sponsors may sign up until March 7th, but the sooner you register your sponsorship, the more promotional materials you will be included in. Because exhibitor space is so limited, please register for exhibit space separately if desired.

MOTELS: We are working on arranging a block of motel rooms for that weekend. More information will be posted when it is available.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? Address your questions to Please put "Hops Conference" in the subject line.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable? Yes. Please notify and put "Hops Conference" in the subject line.
What is the refund policy? Registration for the conference or beginning growers session is non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, you can transfer your registration to another person or we will be happy to send you documentation so that your registration fee can be recorded as a tax-deductible contribution to the hops research in Jeanine Davis' program at NC State University.
What are the fees? The fees you see listed cover the EventBrite services and credit card processing services.

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