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WhiteDog87 12-04-2012 05:13 PM

California Hop Growers
 
Anyone know of any Hop farms in California? I know that northern California used to be the hop growing capital of the US before they mechanized the harvesting process, which drove the farms to other areas; but are there any hop farms still operating in the area? Or in any part of the state?

I'm curious because I want to see what varieties they grow, which grow the best, what problems/pests/diseases they encounter, and what sort of climates they are growing them in.

Waynep005 12-04-2012 05:22 PM

I know that there are one or two hop farms in the Lake County Area of N CA. Ruhstaller Beer out of Sacramento made an all local brew with some of the hops this year. Check out their website and you might find more info.

WhiteDog87 12-04-2012 06:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Waynep005 (Post 4648690)
I know that there are one or two hop farms in the Lake County Area of N CA. Ruhstaller Beer out of Sacramento made an all local brew with some of the hops this year. Check out their website and you might find more info.

Thanks! I'll check it out.:mug:

mrrshotshot 12-04-2012 06:58 PM

Subscribed.

Im going to build my first hop garden this year. Could use some input.

StMarcos 12-04-2012 08:02 PM

Wonder if there are any in Hopland....

WhiteDog87 12-04-2012 08:08 PM

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Originally Posted by StMarcos (Post 4649189)
Wonder if there are any in Hopland....

When I googled hop farms in California I read something that said that there may be a few small farms still left in hopland, but that the bigger farms weren't around any more.

BoomerHarley 12-04-2012 08:13 PM

Look on the Russian River Brewing Co's website. They got a bunch from some place up in Lake County and talked about it on the blog.

cabron99 12-04-2012 08:23 PM

A couple of folks are growing around Escondido. Got some Cascade from them, but can't remember the name.

WhiteDog87 12-04-2012 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by cabron99 (Post 4649261)
A couple of folks are growing around Escondido. Got some Cascade from them, but can't remember the name.

Wow escondido!?! If I am not mistaken it gets crazy hot there over the summer. I wonder what varieties of hops they are growing besides the cascade that you mentioned? I would imagine they had to pick heat tolerant strains to grow well in that climate.


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