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.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

NY Times Article

The NY Times published an article this week on Sodbuster Farms, a hop farm in Salem, Oregon. The article follows the hop harvest from the field and into the wort as fresh hops at Double Mountain Brewery. There's a a great slide show too. Check out the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/21/dining/21hops.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=fresh%20hop&st=cse

Won't be long before Ocean State Hops will be in articles like this...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

End of Season - 2009

We had a few random second year plants and some first year Cascades left to harvest in early September. The work never stops at Ocean State Hops.

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...

Peace out!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cascade Harvest - 8/16/09

The Cascades were our biggest harvest of the year. We had some second and third year plants that were loaded with cones, and about 50 first year plants that did better than expected. It took most of the day and more beer than anticipated, but we harvested close to 12 pounds on August 16th.

Abe could hardly contain himself. I can't blame him...

Joel and Abe taking down the last few Cascades from the first row.


The tractor kept a close eye on the crop while it dried.

Nothing like a jump in the pond after a long day of picking hops...

(That's a 14' ladder, in case you were wondering.)