hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer

hopnology: Hop Growing and Brewing for Craft Beer


Latest Episodes

#64: Mythbusters!
May 25, 2020

We thought about just doing a montage of James making faces at bad questions, meme-style, but instead we spent 45 minutes complaining about bull shoots, weekend warrior hop farming, a Toyota Camry Tractor and every other question that it feels like we’...

#63: Reverie Brewing Pivots
May 18, 2020

Are you wondering about how your favorite brewery has adapted to the current environment and where they think things are heading?  We were, so we got Reverie on the phone to check in.  They’ve made some good moves and are looking to navigate through wh...

#62: Hops Aromas and Brewery Re-openings
May 11, 2020

There is so much going on in this episode.  First we get into a long discussion of hop aroma sensory analysis, of course filtered through the Bionic Nose that we call James.  Then there’s the future of taprooms and what we can expect to see once restri...

#61: Fungicides!
May 04, 2020

We’re heavy on the science this week, focusing on mildew.  Protectants, curatives and Ridomil enemas, oh my!

#60: German Hops & Idling The Farm
April 27, 2020

When you think of German hops you likely think of Noble varieties and classic beer styles.  Yet over the years the demands of the market have forced German hop farmers to move with the times, and the more modern varieties coming out of the region have ...

#59: Non-Alcoholic Beer
April 20, 2020

This time it’s all about the non-alcoholic beer market and brewing process.  Despite what you might expect from Captain Bringdown, we’re both actually pretty excited about where this part of the industry is heading.  Let the day drinking commence!

#58: Financing
April 13, 2020

We’ve talked a lot about farming tools, but what about financial tools?  There are so many efficiencies to be gained from having the right equipment and the most common rationale is “I can’t afford it so I’ll do it by hand”.

#57: Breaking Dormancy
April 06, 2020

If there’s one thing we all know about growing hops it’s that they’ll do what they want, when they want, regardless of what we’re up to.  It’s getting warm out and that means that they are coming out of dormancy.

#56: Mountain View Hops is Back!
March 30, 2020

Mark returns to talk with us about measuring labor requirements, a topic that we’ve been focusing on a lot lately.  We also get into balancing a day job with a hop farm and identifying the secondary hop markets that Mountain View Hops excels in.

#55: Our Take on Covid-19
March 23, 2020

Thought this was the one place you could escape the daily news cycle? Sorry. We look directly at what this could mean for growing and brewing in the near term.  There will be impacts to supply, labor, pricing and relationships.