Bring Hops Back to Northern California
Our mission is to provide a structured organization for the promotion of local hop growing and craft beer by sharing research, knowledge, resources, marketing, and a common set of farming principles - recognizing our role as responsible stewards of the land.
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Why Local Hops?
A Rich Hop Growing History
Northern California Has More Than 150 Craft Breweries
Sonoma County Alone Has 23+ Craft Breweries
Wet Hops and the Local Advantage
Craft breweries are always looking for ways to make a unique beer. Seasonal wet-hopped beers have become an important part of the craft repertoire. The key to great wet-hopped beer is the freshness of the hops, and it doesn't get any fresher than local grown hops. We can have brewers out to the hop yard days before harvest and coordinate with brewing schedules so hops are going into the kettle within hours of picking.
Clean ingredients, clean beer
- Maximize water efficiency by continuously re-evaluating water usage through awareness of plant uptake, evaporation, weather conditions, soil drainage
- Evaluate and strategize the geographical relationship of farmland within local watershed in order to minimize run-off of excess nitrogenous compounds and harmful sediment into drainage, streams, creeks, wetlands and rivers
- Limit use of fertilizers and chemicals to those which are organic in nature and sustainably sourced, while minimizing the total amount of external nutrient inputs
- Minimize waste products leaving the farm by employing practices such as creative repurposing, recycling, and on-site composting
- Build towards a symbiotic and natural pest and disease management system through use of mutually beneficial plant species, natural predator insects such as lady bugs and yellow jackets, and early detection and isolation of sources of mildew or other fungus based diseases
- Provide as fresh and high quality hop product as possible while respecting the land we grow on and minimizing our impact on the environment