Grower Profile: Dean Palmer, Hinetai Hops
Dean Palmer Hinetai Hops Tapawera, Nelson, New Zealand Hinetai Hops is owned and operated by 5th-generation hop farmer Dean Palmer. Dean’s father John founded Hinetai in 1992, but the farm’s roots run much deeper: Dean’s great-great-grand-uncle C.A. Palmer farmed in Waimea West, and his hops won first prize at the Melbourne Exhibition of 1881. Hinetai […]
The Road to El Dorado®
What do you think of when you hear El Dorado? Maybe it’s the mythical South American city of gold, or perhaps a regrettable mishearing of the classic Eagles hit “Desperado.” For craft brewers El Dorado® has its own legendary significance, not as a golden city but as a hop whose meteoric rise is matched only […]
Grower Profile: Anton & Beate Schlagbauer, Plank
Founded in 1820 by Johann Schlagbauer (although, as is the case with many farms in Hallertau, hops were already being grown here) Anton and Beate are the 6thgeneration to farm Plank.
Grower Profile: Bartholomäus & Eleonore Obster, Peterlippl Farm
Bartholomäus and Eleonore are the 10thgeneration of Obsters to farm Peterlippl, which was founded in 1661 by Kaspar Heckmaier. Growing a mix of traditional and new varieties, the Obsters are above all quality-oriented.
Grower Profile: Humphrey & Tom Hulme, AC Hulme & Sons – Great Pedding Farm
Great Pedding Farm started out as 195 acres before expanding over the decades, producing fruit, sheep, cattle, potatoes, and – of course – hops. AC Hulme & Sons was formed in 1969 and continues today under the leadership of Humphrey Hulme and his nephew Tom.
Grower Profile: Ben & Dave Smith, B&D Farms
Ben and Dave Smith are part of the fifth generation of a hop-growing family rooted in the sandy loam along the Willamette River. They grew up moving pipe, driving tractor, and generally helping out during harvest on their father’s farm. Ben and Dave knew from an early age that they wanted to continue this legacy.
Grower Profile: Colin & Alana Oldham, New Hoplands
Colin Oldham’s Granddad Jack founded what would become New Hoplands in 1953 when he bought a dairy farm that included one acre of hops.
Grower Profile: Karl & Marion Pichlmeyer, Beim Pichlmeyer
Karl and Marion Pichlmeyer operate Beim Pichlmeyer, the 4th-generation farm in Bavaria where sustainability, quality, and passion for hops are their focus.
Grower Profile: Ross Hukins, Haffenden Farms
Ross Hukins is the fourth generation of his family to grow hops at Haffenden Farms in the Weald of Kent. Founded in 1880 by Alexander Hukins with just 20 acres,
Grower Profile: Bernard, Steve, Darren, & Andrew Gamache, Virgil Gamache Farms
Virgil Gamache Farms (named for Albert’s son) is operated by third-generation family members Bernard and Steve and fourth-generation members Darren and Andy.
Grower Profile: Miroslav Krupička, Krupička Farm
Krupička Farm is focused on the production of a single landrace variety. Saaz hops have been grown in this part of the Czech Republic for hundreds of years, and Miroslav Krupička has