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.

Monday, November 30, 2009


Yes, you read that right. Ocean State Hops is giving away limited amounts of our 2009 whole leaf hop harvest. And no, we're not crazy.

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:
  1. We have a limited supply of hops so they will be given away on a first come, first served basis until supplies run out.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 oceanstatehops@gmail.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.

Happy brewing!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Got Poop?

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.