|Cascade hops ready for picking.|
We took a look around and how the rest of the varieties were doing - none as prolific as the Cascades, and since some are first year plants, they won't produce nearly as much if anything at all this year.
|On approach to the hopyard - these are the Cascade bines.|
After having a look around, we went back into the brewery to check things out. In particular, I wanted to catch up with him about the barley project the local homebrewers association had started. This was a plan where a local farmer put about an acre into production for brewable barley.
The crop has come in, and it is about 3,000 pounds. Arrangements were made for malting it at a local facility - there were commitments for nearly 1,200 pounds (I wanted to go in for 50 pounds), but in the end, our processing wasn't successful. There are some lessons learned that I am looking forward to hearing, but to me this was one of the most exciting brewing adventures going on - to think we could brew with local barley, hops and water...that would have been great, and I hope that the association will give this one another go!
|This is the 3-gallon bucket already picked.|
To conclude my visit, we went to the beer cooler, where Dan happened to have a whiskey barrel porter on tap. This was a delicious hoppy beer with oak and bourbon notes - courtesy of supplies from our distillery friends at Copper Fox in Sperryville, the home of Wasmunds whiskey. We shared a pint and then I needed to move on to my Sunday errands.
I hope to have a post up in the next few days about the status of my two hop bines. Catch you then.
|The first picking is already dried and stored.|