So, i'm a beer expert a fine liquor store, right? One day some guy comes in, and we chat about beer for awhile. I mention i brew. He says "Oh you should drop by and pick the hops in my backyard. My wife thought they looked neat, so we have a lot." I then forget about it entirely until i realized it was August. So i gave him a call. Turns out, his wife bought a Cascade rhizome, and they planted it along their fence 2 years ago. He invites me to come over and take a look, and lo and behold, he has about 10 feet horizontal along the fence, 6 feet vertical, a giant Cascade bine.
I was awed, naturally, and came home to do some research, reading back threads here, googling Hop growing, etc.
Went back today, and found some were ready for picking. So here are some photos, first a few of the plant in situ, then some close ups of some big cones, then the day's harvest, on a dirty window screen sitting on top of a laundry rack above a dirty box fan.
Comments and such would be appreciated, as this is the first time i've ever picked hops.