It looks like a very busy hop harvest season at Crosby Farm. With an unusually hot spring and ungodly summer, hop farmers had to adjust with extra watering and have come out with a bumper crop. Our friends at Crosby in Woodburn, Oregon, have a report straight from the fields:
August 21st marked the first day of 2015 harvest at Crosby Hop Farm. After a mild winter and an unusually hot summer in the Pacific Northwest that produced a “sleepy hop syndrome,” this year’s harvest is still looking very strong. Centennial, the first year of Amarillo®, and Sterling harvest is complete; Nugget will close out the harvest in mid-September.
When Crosby Hop Farm moves into harvesting the Golding, Willamette and Mt. Hood varieties, we will see if the slower growth pattern produces lower yield, though in just two weeks into harvest, our predictions are that this will be a good year.
CHF will harvest 10 different varieties this season. The end of harvest in mid-September will also mark the close our #50daysofgreen campaign. Check Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for behind the scenes farm photos, harvest updates and trivia questions with prizes to win every Tuesday.
Fresh Hop Beers with Crosby Hops
Harvest is the busiest and most exciting time on the farm. It also provides us with a great opportunity to work directly with breweries that brew fresh hop beer – more than 50 this year!
Six varieties are featured as wet hops this season: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Crystal, Sterling and Nugget. Hops are available for local pick up or can be shipped via Southwest Air Cargo or FedEx overnight. Contact our sales department for more details.
Crosby wet hops were brewed in dozens of beers across the country in 2014, including BJ’s and Austin Beerworks.
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