As you may have seen a week or so ago, we got a nice pick of super-local hops from our pals at G-tech and Garfield Farms. That was enough to wet-hop the 3 kegs we'll be serving from at our Hoptoberfest event with them later this month at Marty's Market. But the MOTHER LODE of hops are just coming in now... as in, they were picked yesterday morning, and they were in the beer by nightfall! This will be enough to cover about half of the 120-160bbls of BigHopHARVEST we're brewing this season... so that's something like 240-320 kegs, depending on how it all shakes out.
So, after a busy busy weekend of two beer tests and a large Brewery Tour, Nordy and Brendan hopped in our box truck on Sunday and headed North, toward the Finger Lakes region of NY State. Of course, they managed to work in a brewery stop and a round of disc golf along the way, as these boys know how to road trip.
So while we wait another 1.5-2 weeks for HARVEST to be ready to tap, I thought I'd share some photos of their hop run to keep your nice and thirsty:
Close up view of hops on the bine, with more hops in the background. Also, hops!
Based on that grin, I think the hop aromas are maybe seeping into his brain.
Doesn't look like much, but here's where the hops are processed... and where you wait for the truck to come in from the field.
This is the ancient, insane, pre-prohibition era machine that separates the hop cones from the rest of the plant... with a good bit of human intervention.
Highly automated operations here, especially the tables. (Not really.) Weighing, bagging, more grinning... EVERYTHING here smells hoppy, and is done by hand.
Below... Hops picked, bagged, loaded in our truck, and ready to roll. Time's a wastin!
Thanks for the hops Upstate New York. See you again in a few weeks when the other varieties are ready for picking! By then, we'll be enjoying our first batches of HARVEST here at the brewery. Stop by for some?