2017 Great Lakes Hop & Barley Conference

Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Brewers Guild are pleased to announce the 3rd annual Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference vendor and sponsor page is now open! The conference will take place at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, MI, March 2-3, 2017. Thanks to program partners and many sponsors, the 2015 and 2016 Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference were extremely successful with hundreds of participants from 44 Michigan Counties, 11 states, and several countries as well. The 2017 Great Lakes Hop and Barley conference will be the major craft beer supply conference of the year. If you are a farmer interested in growing hops or barley or a brewer wanting to learn more about purchasing Michigan-grown products, you do not want to miss this event. The conference will feature separate basic and advanced sessions for hop growers as well as a barley and malting session that is designed for...

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2016 Hop Harvest Report

2016 hop harvest soon to quench a thirsty market with 13 million more anticipated pounds of hops.  With acreage up 17% in the Pacific Northwest and yields anticipated from average to exceptional, U.S. hop production expected to hit another record year.  MOXEE, WA – After less-than ideal growing conditions last year in both the U.S. and in Europe, non-contracted brewers were left wanting a handful of new, highly demanded aroma varieties. This was despite an increase in overall U.S. production and a 10% increase of hops in storage, according to the USDA NASS Annual March report. Now, U.S. hop acreage is in its fifth consecutive year of growth, up another 17% in the Pacific Northwest and 18.5% nationally – home to 40% of the global hop supply. With the USDA estimating 13 million additional pounds of hops incoming, this would total a record 91.8 million pounds for Northwest producers who produce over 96%...

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The Hop Reviews Vol. 05: A Monthly Beer Review

NOVEMBER We drink a lot of beer here at The Hop Review. So, we found it only fitting that we share some of our thoughts on said beer. Each month, we share a handful of beers that we think you should know a little more about, through our palate. We've tasted through the following 18 beers for November, and rated them according to our very own interpretation of the BJCP scoring guidelines, on a scale of 100, and in no particular order. We considered aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, overall impression and trueness to style. It's not an exact science–we know this. We just don't like to pass on the opportunity to drink...more beer. Cheers! Click here for rest of story

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Hop Havoc