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Old 11-30-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default Dirty Jobs - Hop Farm

Over the weekend I saw an episode of Dirty Jobs, and about half the show was dedicated to harvesting hops in Washington. It was a great show. I figured hop growing was somewhat specialized, but watching this show kind of surprised me.

I have yet to find the show online for "Free", but you can get it on iTunes:

Season 3, Episode 20.

The 2nd half of the show is some really nasty tanning work. I have seen a lot of nasty stuff on that show, but that might be the worst.

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Old 11-30-2008, 09:01 PM   #2
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I caught the show this week. It was pretty cool. I think they were at Hop Union.

that big goat zit was really cool/gross.

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It turns out I have this episode on my DVR. I didn't realize it. I'm watching it now. The place they are at is Loftis Farm. I don't know if it is part of Hop Union.

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yup, watching it again now. Mike Rowe is awesome.

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Old 12-03-2008, 06:08 PM   #7
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I thought it interesting that 40 families control about 80% of hop production in the US.

Those hop 'plantations' must be huge!

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I was sooo wanting something hoppy while i was watching it. But i had just poured a glass of Xtra Stout before I sat down.

It had me day dreaming of what i would do if i had one of those 100 pound bails of cascade hops. I would probably have so much hops in my beer i would turn green.

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It turns out I have this episode on my DVR. I didn't realize it. I'm watching it now. The place they are at is Loftis Farm. I don't know if it is part of Hop Union.
Back about 1994 I was with my wife visiting some of her cousins in Yakima and Sunnyside, WA when the subject of brewing came up. The one husband of the cousin said he had a friend who grew hops and asked if we wanted to "ditch the girls" and go to a hop farm? You already know what I said...

Anywho, he was friends with people on the Loftis farm. We spent about an hour there discussions process and whatnot. They were really very friendly. They also gave me a couple of rhizoms to bring back to IL. They are still going strong over at my SIL house.

We also went to Toppenish. It's a nice small town. It's home of the American Hop Museum. I spent a hour or so in there. They have a bunch of murals throughout the town depicting the Native Americans harvesting hops and other historical subjects. I'd recommend the stop as well as the Reservation to anyone interested in brewing.
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Yeah, they run 500 acres and up. The cost of building a cleaning/drying shed ($1M+) really makes high volume necessary. My neighbor's Grandfather had 44 acres in hops, but when mechanical harvesting replaced hand-picking, it wasn't enough to be competitive. In Europe, the average hop farm is only 16 acres or so, and hand-harvesting is still the rule.

Every year during Hop Madness, there is a visit to a hop farm.

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