hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer

hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer


Latest Episodes

#33: Fantasy Hopyard
October 14, 2019

When you close your eyes and dream of your perfect hops business, what does it look like?  This week we invite you to peek into our warped minds and bring our ideal hopyard to life, complete with robots and on-site cobblers.

#5 Again!: Vintage Brewing Co.
October 07, 2019

In honor of their big wins at the Great American Beer Festival – two gold medals and Large Brewpub of the Year – we’re re-posting our onsite interview with Scott Manning at Vintage from back in March.  Enjoy!

#32: Odds & Ends
September 30, 2019

We had a few unrelated ideas for this episode, neither of which was going to take too long, so we put them together.  First we’ll answer the often-asked question of “what hops would grow the best near me”.  Or will we?

#31: How Does Heat Impact Hop Drying?
September 24, 2019

It’s been well established that the essential components responsible for hop aroma start to burn off at high temperatures.  Where does the impact begin, and what can be done to keep as much aroma intact as possible?

#30: Pivot!
September 16, 2019

Hop yards, just like any business, come with constant decisions to be made.  Left or right?  Up or down?  This week we discuss pivot points as your business grows, shrinks and takes some left turns.

#29: Hop Storage
September 10, 2019

This week we get into cold storage and compression to keep your finished crop ready for sale.  Also, more from Lithuania!

#28: Harvesters! Plus…Pumpkin Beer
September 04, 2019

We finally arrive at one of our most-asked about topics: hop harvesters.  How do they work, what should you look for when buying one and how to troubleshoot.  We start off however with Gregg venting about pumpkin(less) beer when it’s still @#$#ing summ...

#27: James’ Favorite Hopyard Tools
August 26, 2019

The right tool for the right job.  This week we talk about everyday implements that you should have in your hopyard.  Tools that change the way you approach farm management and make you ask “why didn’t we do this sooner”?

#26: Attending Beer Festivals
August 19, 2019

Ah, the beer festival.  All of your potential customers are there at once and ready for you to hit them up for sales, right?  So, so wrong.  This week we share stories of past beer festivals, including how to make the most of them while keeping your ex...

#25: State of the Craft Beer Market
August 12, 2019

This week we put down the farm implements and open up last month’s New Brewer publication from the Brewer’s Association.  We pick apart the numbers around the growth and decline of various segments of the industry, changing consumer tastes,