Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Getting ready to pick some hops next Tuesday, July 30th - want to volunteer?

Well, the mixture of the rain and hot weather has the Cascades ahead of schedule this year.  We are planning on picking the 30 or so Cascade plants we have out at Sulphur Creek Farms in Bells Bend this coming Tuesday, July 30th, during their weekly potluck night.  It's a fun time, and if you would like to volunteer to help, let us know at  It's a great time, with plenty of cold beers to help with the picking.  We normally chop down the vines, spread them out on a big table, and hand-pick the hop cones during plenty of conversation and cold brews.

The big field of about 150 vines of the mystery Bells Bend Preservation hop is coming along great too, but they aren't ready to pick yet.  We are going to shoot for sometime around the third week of August to pick them.  In the meantime, we will be using the first-picked Cascade hops in a special small batch that should be ready in time to drink while we are picking the Bells Bend hop - turning the main hop picking afternoon into a real "pickin party"!

Once we have the mystery hops picked, we should have enough to brew a full big 40 bbl batch this year, and to get bombers of the beer out in stores this year!