The 2013, November-December edition of Brewers Digest magazine features a two part article on the business of growing hops. This informative beer industry article features the Wisconsin Hop Exchange and below you can see the guts of the article. Find more information on subscribing to Brewers Digest here.
Wisconsin Hop Exchanged Cooperative Releases 2013 Growing Season Hops
MADISON, WI, December 4 — The Wisconsin Hop Exchanged has announced it is releasing the Cooperative’s Hops in pellet form, from the 2013 Growing Season. The Wisconsin Hop Exchange is a Cooperative that currently has 42 members who are located all around the State of Wisconsin as well as other Midwest States. Cooperative members in 2013 have produced almost 8,000 pounds of hops in 2013. This is 6 times the amount the Cooperative had for sale from the 2012 Crop.
The Wisconsin Hop Exchange was able to secure a loan to purchase a new hop pelting system along with packaging equipment. This equipment along with an excellent growing year contributed to very high quality hops for Wisconsin Hop Exchange customers. “Our Brewer Customers are going to love these hops, the aromas are amazing.” say’s Rich Joseph, Vice President of Wisconsin Hop Exchange. “We had plenty of moisture early in the growing season to really get the hops up the string, was a little dry the last 30 days but with irrigation we can handle that. The new pelleting system worked extremely well. We wanted to make pellets that maintain as much of their oils as possible, and we accomplished that. The way our hops are processed makes them perfect for dry hopping as well.” “If you are a brewer, you have seen other pelleted hops sitting in the bottom of your storage tanks that have never broken down when bottling, very frustrating, because of our lower temperatures and low pressure on our pelleter, our pellets are much more effective. We have also custom processed hops for individuals this year.” Said Joseph.
Brewers need to purchase or put on hold their needs for the next 12 months as soon as possible. The 2012 crop was sold out by January 2013, leaving most of the brewing year unable to use Wisconsin Hops. Wisconsin Hop Exchange has already sold or placed on hold 20% of the 2013 crop. “We always give our past customers first choice on our hops.
Wisconsin Hop Exchange sells hops in 10# packaging that is nitrogen gas flushed and vacuum sealed and then stored in freezer storage until shipped. Interested brewers can contact Rich Joseph: 608-516-9649 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Download this news release as a PDF.
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company has brewed and is now serving a India Pale Ale called “Sconnie Speed Trap IPA” at their downtown pub. This IPA features hops grown by Wisconsin Hop Exchange member growers and is an American IPA style beer which was tapped on August 3, 2013.
Show your support for Wisconsin hopped beer by visit the downtown Great Dane location on the square and ask for a Sconnie Speed Trap IPA. Find more information about The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co on Facebook.
Rich Joseph of the Wisconsin Hop Exchange was interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio which was featured on the Ideas Network of WPR on August 6, 2013. Listen to the feature [mp3] or read the article on the WPR website.
Wisconsin Hop Exchange is releasing its June 2013 Harvest Forecast. This forecast is designed to be a conservative estimate of the 2013 crop. WHEx Member Growers reported to the Cooperative on June 18th the status of their fields. From this information WHEx puts together a report by variety along with predicted pounds. This report is available to all Brewers that are interested in purchasing hops from the Wisconsin Hop Exchange for their fall lineup of Beers.
WHEx was sold out of hops in January and Brewers have been thirsty for more Wisconsin Hops.
“WHEx hopped beer is hard to find because 99% of the hops have already run through the kettles”, Reports Rich Joseph, Vice President of the Wisconsin Hop Exchange. “Our Growers are doing a great job with their fields this year and Mother Nature has been on our side. Very few fields have needed to be irrigated this year. The wet weather does pose a new challenge in disease management. WHEx has been working with UW Extension in developing a disease prevention plan and have delivered this to our growers. All growers should be implementing these guidelines.” Joseph noted that the Harvest Forecast is slightly higher than earlier estimates and almost 7 times larger than last year’s final yields.
Brewers interested in using Wisconsin Hops should contact Rich Joseph at 608-516-9649 or send an email to email@example.com for the complete report.
Join three commercial hop industry presenters for the 2013 Hop Summer Field Days on July 15th and 16th.
Same Program — 2 Locations in Wisconsin and one just outside Madison, Wisconsin.
- Monday, July 15th, 2pm-5pm at NuSolutions Agronomy in Waterloo, Wisconsin
- Tuesday, July 16th, 10am-1pm at N5988 County Road N, Arkansaw, Wisconsin
These 2 duplicate programs include:
- Dr. David Gent, USDA – Oregon State University, Hop Disease and Production Specialist; “Assessing Hop Plant Health”
- Dr. Amanda Gevens, UW-Extension Plant Pathologist; “Hop Plant Disease Evaluation”
- Bryan Jensen, UW-Extension, IPM Coordinator; “What’s Bugging Your Hops”
- Field tours of hopyard
Cost is $20, payable at the door. Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-685-6256 to ensure adequate numbers of materials and refreshments. Respond by July 10th.
The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin is hosting 2 events for the 2013 Madison Craft Beer Week: (May 3rd & May 10th) The Oaks Fish Fry/Hop Farm Tours and (May 11th) The 2013 Madison Craft Beer Week 4-Man Scramble.
The Oaks Fish Fry and Hop Farm Tours
May 3d and May 10th
A true Wisconsin Fish Fry with batter made from Capital Amber, your choices are Battered or Broiled Cod, Battered Shrimp, and Battered Lake Perch. Chef Tom always has a different special for Friday nights as well. Come sit on our balcony that overlooks the Par 3 hole 7 on the golf course and enjoy a pint of your favorite craft beer while enjoying your entree, the view and our remarkable service.
Before or after your fish fry, come learn about one of the most important ingredients in flavoring your favorite craft beer- HOPS! The Oaks has a two acre working hop farm and Farmer John will be giving tours at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 11th
The 2013 Madison Craft Beer Week 4-Man Scramble
Shotgun Start: 8:30 a.m.
7:30am to 3:00pm
Prizes after golf
Oaks Hop Yard Tours after prizes (around 3:00 p.m.)
Registration details to follow
The Oaks Golf Course
4740 Pierceville Road, Cottage Grove, WI.
See the Facebook Event for this Beer Release.
Meet us on the second floor pizza pub of the Grumpy Troll to sample some Hop Farm Pale Ale and learn about growing hops.
Support Wisconsin Small Farms!
- We will toast this release of a great beer that is made with local ingredients.
- EVERYONE welcome to come and to bring their friends!
- Wisconsin Hop Exchange Growers and Board members will be available to answer any and all questions about hops and the Wisconsin Hop Exchange Cooperative.
Save the Date! Saturday, January 19th at 4 pm at MooseJaw Pizza Dells Brewing Co in the Wisconsin Dells, WI as the Wisconsin Hop Exchange will be hosting a Beer Release Party to celebrate the Dells Brewing Company’s all Wisconsin Hopped Beer, the BADGER PALE ALE!
Join us to help us celebrate this locally sourced beer made with hops grown by the Wisconsin Hop Exchange Cooperative’s Grower Members – aka come help us drink all their WI hopped beer!
MooseJaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co’s description of BADGER PALE ALE;
We’ve named the brew, BADGER PALE ALE. Made from Meixelsperger, Clarson, Eilenfelt & Albers hops all grown here in the Badger State! This deep golden brew with orange hues is an American style pale ale that was double dry hopped to add desirable hop flavor like citrus & grapefruit without adding bitterness to the beer. It’s well balanced & on the lighter side of most beers of this style…should make you want to “Roll out the Barrel”! (ABV 5.5%)
Read more info on the Wisconsin Hop Exchange Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WisconsinHopExchange
The Wisconsin Hop Exchange is proud to announce that Wisconsin Hop Exchange Grower Members Jodi and Brian Clarson (and children) are featured in an article titled “HOPPING TO IT” published by Richland Electric Cooperative’s – Wisconsin Energy Cooperative [Local Pages] News in October, 2012.
Here is one of many great pull-outs:
WHEx [Wisconsin Hop Exchange] has two processing facilities in Wisconsin—in Stevens Point and Waterloo, where the Clarsons take their hops. They believe that the WHE is the most user-friendly co-op because others make the growers responsible for much of the hops processing at home. With the WHE, the grower harvests the whole plant and takes it to the co-op to be dried. This way there is less investment and less chance of costly mistakes, making it easier on the growers.
- Read or download the Full PDF article on the Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News (WECN) REC Local Pages website
- PDF permalink: http://richec.com/news-comm/2012/pdf/2012-10-local-news.pdf