Ocean State Hops is bringing hops back to Rhode Island. Fueled by a passion to cram as many hops into each batch of beer as humanly possible, we decided to start growing our own. And with our recent expansions, we are happy to be able to supply hops to other brewers looking to quench their thirst for hops.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
You can check out the article here. It's worth the read.
Do you know of any other small scale hop farms out there? Let us know! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the farm name and/or contact information.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Ocean State Hops wants your feedback so we have decided to give away our hops. All we ask is that you use the hops to brew, and let us know how the beer came out and what you thought of our hops. Pretty easy, right? Yeah, we thought so too.
So here are the ground rules for the 2009 Hop Harvest Giveaway:
- We have a limited supply of hops so they will be given away on a first come, first served basis until supplies run out.
- To fulfill your end of the bargain, we will send you an email with a very simple questionnaire to fill out and email back to us after you brew with our hops.
- We've already done the hard work and spent enough money on these hops, so shipping costs will be up to you. We will be sending the hops through the Post Office by COD. According to Mike The Post Man, shipping costs should be about $8.50 (including the COD fee). Or, if you're in the Rhode Island area email us to arrange for a pick-up and avoid shipping!
Finally, the good part. Here's how to order your free hops. Send an email to email@example.com with the words "Free Hops" in the subject. In the email, include your name and address, and your preference of hop variety in order from most preferred to least preferred. If your top-listed variety is sold out, we will try to get you your second highest variety, and so on. The varieties you have to choose from are: Cascade, Centennial, Nugget, and Chinook. You will receive anywhere from 3 to 8 ounces of our whole leaf hops, while supplies last.
So get emailing, these hops are sure to run out! Once the hops run out, the deal is done. We'll let you know as soon as possible whether or not you responded in time.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
We've been busy prepping for winter the past couple of weeks. The grass got its final cut, the plants have been trimmed, and the twine has been cut. That only left one thing...spreading poop. Cow poop to be specific.
We priced out our different options and decided that undehydrated cow manure by the yard was our best bet. Joel contacted a local farmer and was able to get some fresh manure delivered to the farm. And by fresh I mean still steaming. This stuff was potent (as described by the closest neighbor down wind). After a couple of hours shoveling this stuff around, we had some happy hops that were ready for winter. They'd better be anyway.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Won't be long before Ocean State Hops will be in articles like this...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
As we said...the fastest hop picker in New England. Kara made short work of the Nuggets.
We had to call in the recruits for the last few first year Cascades that never really took off. Meet Betty - the oldest farmer in Rhode Island (no joke). Watch out though, she doesn't take crap from anyone. And never try to take her picture when she's busy picking.
Just kidding. She's as nice as they come. And apparently she's a natural hop picker.
What a crew...
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
We had our first harvest of the year in early August. A few Centennial plants bloomed early and we harvested 5 plants on August 8th.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Joel is the muscle of the operation. He also brings the horitcultural know-how, and discounts on tools, equipment, and fertilizer.
Matt likes to think he brings the general "beer knowledge". In addition to farm work, Matt does a lot of the promoting and advertising. And no, he doesn't golf.
Kara is Joel's sister and Matt's wife, so she keeps everyone in line. She's also the quickest hop picker in New England. And as you can see from the picture, she loves genips.
Abe is the all-purpose guy. He can plant, water, and pick with the best of them. He's also on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Excluding Monday through Friday. And some weekends when he has to work.