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Old 02-05-2010, 05:55 PM   #1
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I am looking for a place to buy hop plants around Yakima County, Washington. With all these hops grown around the county, I can't believe no one I know here knows where to get the plants.

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Old 02-05-2010, 06:01 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure Hops Direct carries them, but it's not up on their website yet. It's a bit early to buy rhizomes right now.

You might find that your local brewing stores will carry them when it get's closer to the season. Additionally, it might not hurt to contact the major growers and see if any of them sell direct.

One thing to keep in mind is that with quarantine restrictions, you can't order from out of state in WA.

If you use Fuggles Hops at all, I have a big axx plant in a pot that I can get a cutting off for you.

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I'm pretty sure Hops Direct carries them, but it's not up on their website yet. It's a bit early to buy rhizomes right now.

You might find that your local brewing stores will carry them when it get's closer to the season. Additionally, it might not hurt to contact the major growers and see if any of them sell direct.

One thing to keep in mind is that with quarantine restrictions, you can't order from out of state in WA.

If you use Fuggles Hops at all, I have a big axx plant in a pot that I can get a cutting off for you.
Thanks for the offer. I am not for sure what hops I will grow yet. I grew Chinook and Cascade when I lived in Puyallup. I got them in Tacoma at a brewing store. We do not have a brewing store here. Stien's Ace hardware has some brewing supplies but not like the brewing stores on the west side.
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I will be staying a my brother's in Kent for the Puyallup 4x4 Swapmeet next month. I will have to see if Larry's Brewing Supply has any if I can't find some here. I wonder if there is a quarantine restriction from Kent to Yakima?

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I will be staying a my brother's in Kent for the Puyallup 4x4 Swapmeet next month. I will have to see if Larry's Brewing Supply has any if I can't find some here. I wonder if there is a quarantine restriction from Kent to Yakima?
As far as I know there are no quarantine restrictions in state. You just can't import form out of state.

I have some Centennial and Cascade plants too, They are only a year old, but I might be able to pull of a cutting for you. I might run over to the swap meet just for the heck of it anyway.
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Ceg,

Maybe check with the Ice Harbor Brewery in Pasco.. I was in there not too long ago and they were doing a group hop order and taking orders from customers for rhizomes. I know it's 90 miles away, but that may be as close as you can get. When I lived in Yakima it always pissed me off that here I was in the heart of the one the worlds greatest hop growing regions, and I couldn't seem to find anywhere to buy hops!

Turned out to be cool though 'cause I got a job as a hop inspection supervisor with the WSDA, and for three or four years in the early 2000's, I had hops coming out my ears! You could always "acquire" some rhizomes.. you know, at night, with a shovel and a flashlight from a nearby field?? Course you'd have no idea what they were and you'd probably be shot.

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I posted this in another thread to the OP, but it belongs here too I suppose...

"I think Hops Direct in Mabton sells rhizomes to homebrewers. Probably best to go through someone semi-local like that because of restriction on "importing" plant material from out of state. You also may want to buy more rhizomes than you want plants to get them going quicker. For instance, when we go to plant a new yard, we will use anywhere from 2-8 rhizome cuttings per hill (plant) which will help your success rate early on. Growing baby hops is a bit of a challenge, but fortunately for you, you live in the only area in the world that can get a decent crop in year 1! Best of luck and let me know if you have any other questions."

Do you know what varieties you'll be growing?

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Mountain Homebrew is on the Westside in Kirkland. Perhaps too far, but they will ship in state. They are taking orders now.

http://mountainhomebrew.com/hoprhizomes-2.aspx

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As far as I know there are no quarantine restrictions in state. You just can't import form out of state.
Actually, I can confirm from working with SS Steiner that their is a quarantine for shipping hop rhizomes out of the state:

"Unfortunately, we are no longer digging hop roots commercially due to WA State Department of Agriculture quarantine issues and regulatory burdens. This policy became official at our recently concluded meetings held during the annual Hop Convention in Yakima, WA."

This quote was from an email I received on 2/2/2010 ...
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So the largest producer of hops in the US has a quarantine on shipping rhizomes OUT of state? I find that hard to believe. I know Freshops based out of Philomath OR won't ship to WA addresses due quarantine laws.

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