Ecliptic Brewing founder John Harris created the world’s best-selling Black Butte Porter when he was at Deschutes Brewery in the 80’s, his modern updated take Capella Porter has also racked up the accolades.
TopWire Hop Project opens to the public at 11am on Friday, July 24th on the Crosby Hop Farm in Woodburn, Oregon. TopWire is one of our most anticipated openings of 2020, and will be one of the few chances for the public to enjoy beers on a working hop farm in the heart of the Willamette Valley.
An hour drive from Portland, the half-mile Lupulin Lane leading into the farm is lined with 18′ ft high hop rows. When people arrive to the rural outdoor setting, they will find a beer garden surrounded by Centennial hops and a bar built out of a shipping container. The outdoor patio space is an experience perfectly situated for social distancing and safe drinking in the time of COVID. It is family friendly and pet friendly – dogs on leash can gather and play.
Crosby Hop Farm is an independent and fully integrated, fifth-generation hop grower from Woodburn.
Blake Crosby, CEO of the family of businesses said, “Having grown up on the farm and seeing our connection to craft brewers grow over the years, it’s exciting to launch this new chapter that ties our values and vision together cohesively. As we look to the future, now is the right time to rearticulate our purpose and celebrate each of our core areas of focus.” He continued, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to highlight what each business unit brings to the table whether it is growing, processing and sourcing hops, or hosting our brewing industry friends and consumers at TopWire. This is truly a story of how we are all interconnected. I am honored to lead a team that is relentlessly focused on delivering unique value while continuing to be changemakers in the evolving craft beer industry.”
WHEN: Starting July 24, TopWire Hop Project is open four days a week, with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Operating hours: Thursday 11 am – 8 pm, Friday 11 am – 10 pm, Saturday 11 am – 10 pm, Sunday 11 am – 8 pm.
THE BEVERAGES: The rotating tap list (8 craft beers, one cider, and a non-alcoholic seltzer water) will feature specialty beer, cider and sparkling water brewed by Crosby Hops’ customers from across the country. The selection includes many of the most well-regarded craft beers showcasing new, classic, and novel hop varieties from the farm.
Crosby Hops customer Celestial Beerworks out of Dallas, Texas brewed the Double IPA, “When Is the Future” as a special grand opening beer and Modern Times in Portland crafted the non-alcoholic “Bubble Party Hops” seltzer water with grapefruit and Crosby Hops Estate Grown Sterling hops. Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider “Saint Citron” with Cascade hops will also be on tap.
Sixteen-ounce cans of any beverage on tap is available to go (prices vary: $3-6). The to-go cooler features additional selections of craft beer and non-alcoholic beverages.
THE FOOD: Outside food is allowed. Snacks will be available for purchase (details TBD).
WHY: At a time when people are seeking outside spaces to more safely gather, TopWire is a welcoming craft beer destination. TopWire is a pillar of the Crosby brand family, which works symbiotically with Crosby’s R&D and new variety development efforts. In conjunction with the grand opening of TopWire, Crosby Hops, an integrated hop merchant and processor in the Pacific Northwest announced its new overarching family of brands that includes Crosby Hops, Crosby Hop Farm and Top Wire Hop Project.
COVID-19 SAFEGUARDS: In addition to signage that will visually remind patrons to stay one hop row (6 feet) apart, respect the beer, hops and each other, TopWire management is implementing extra COVID-19 measures.
Employees will wear a cloth face cover at all times.
Customers should wear a cloth face cover when physical distancing of at least six feet from other individuals outside their household unit cannot be maintained.
Disposable masks are free; Branded face covers are available for purchase ($10).
Cleaning and sanitization protocols
Accessible hand sanitizer stations.
Clean and sanitized stylus pens.
Regular cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces.
Customers are encouraged to bus their own tables to limit dirty glass contact.
The high temperature dishwasher ensures that the glassware has been sanitized.
Tables will have “clean” and “dirty” placards so that people don’t sit at a table unless it has been cleaned.
Distance ordering and seating
Stanchions with clearly defined 6-feet markers will be set out for those waiting in line to order at the bar. Table service is not offered.
The tables and picnic tables are set at least 8 feet apart.
Touchless water station – New cups only; no refills.
Contactless pay options – Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay are accepted.
Established in 2012 as an integrated hop processor and merchant offering more than 50 varieties sourced from around the world.
Parent company of newly established Crosby Hops Europe based in the Netherlands.
A Certified B Corporation®, it was recognized in 2019 as a Best for The World: Changemaker in recognition of its significant improvement to its overall impact on workers, communities, the environment, and family/corporate governance.
Deeply connected global supply chain and hop sourcing from like-minded independent growers and partners.
A newly launched website and customer portal offers the ability to place and track orders, manage contracts, view real-time spot hop availability, access account details and view and pay invoices.
Crosby Hop Farm
Fifth generation hop farm established in 1900 by Albert and Mary Crosby.
Salmon-Safe and GlobalG.A.P. certified grower.
Crosby Hop Farm is a key grower partner and pillar of Crosby Hops supply chain.
Six hundred acres of 11 distinctive estate grown varieties.
Consistent with its spirit of innovation, Crosby Hop Farm was the first hop farm in Oregon to commercially grow Amarillo®, Idaho 7®, Comet, El Dorado®, Belma™, and Zappa™.
An on-farm hop breeding program was established in 2017 to develop cultivars well suited to the climate of the Willamette Valley.
TopWire Hop Project
The open-air beer garden opens July 24.
To arrive at the beautiful outdoor bar, drive down Lupulin Lane (a half-mile entrance through lush 18-feet high hop rows). It is perfectly positioned in the Centennial hop yard, offering a glimpse of Mt. Hood.
TopWire is a pillar of the Crosby brand family, which works symbiotically with Crosby’s R&D and new variety development efforts.
The rotating tap list (10 taps) will feature specialty craft beer, cider and sparkling water brewed by Crosby Hops’ customers from across the country.
Beverages can be enjoyed on premise or to-go in 16 oz. cans.
A regular rotation of hard to find, experimental, and collaboration beers from around the country.
In addition to signage that will visually remind patrons to stay one hop row apart, respect the beer, hops and each other, management is implementing extra COVID-19 protocols. Details are available at: https://www.topwirehp.com
About Crosby Hops
As a Certified B Corporation®, Crosby Hops balances profit with purpose, rooted in our core values of quality, innovation, sustainability, and community. Through generations of hop industry experience and our robust merchant-processor platform, we’ve cultivated longstanding relationships with like-minded independent growers and hop breeders across the globe. This unique model complements our estate grown hop portfolio to provide discerning brewers access to a diverse selection of the finest hops on Earth. The Crosby brand family includes Crosby Hops, Crosby Hop Farm and TopWire Hop Project.
Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding.