Asheville workshops focus on hop production, marketing

Hop to it!
hops on the bine
Can North Carolina become the hops hub of the East Coast? Though most U.S.-grown hops comes from the Pacific Northwest, North Carolina’s growing status as the East Coast’s craft beer destination has generated new interest in growing hops, a key ingredient in beer production.

Two upcoming workshops in the Asheville area will focus on growing hops and the business of growing hops for the beer market. More information on the workshops is listed below.

March 16, 8:30 am to 1 pm
Growing Hops in Western North Carolina workshop
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center
Mills River
Cost: $15 per person (cash or checks accepted)
Can you make money growing hops for the all the breweries moving into the region? What does it cost to set up a hop yard? What varieties should you plant? Learn from researchers, extension professionals, experienced commercial hop growers and brewers about the opportunities and challenges with hops production in the Southeast. Growers will share their experiences with growing and selling hops, a brewer will explain what breweries want in hops, and N.C. State University faculty members will tell you what they’ve learned about varieties, diseases, insects, soil fertility and the economics of production based on over six years of experience working with growers and three years of field research. The workshop will conclude with a tour of the research hop yard.

For information or to register, contact Kelly Gaskill, Kelly_Gaskill@ncsu.edu or 828.684.3562 ext. 250.  For information on N.C. State’s hops project visit, nchops.soil.ncsu.edu. This workshop is organized by Jeanine Davis and Kelly Gaskill, North Carolina State University.

March 21 and 22, 10 am to 5 pm
The Business of Growing Hops for Brewing Beer workshop
AB Tech’s Enka campus, 224 Haynes Building
Enka
Cost: $75
Learn successful business and cultivation strategies and gain information and resources to further your business idea. This class will give the hops grower and home brewer tools to optimize hops-growing efforts and harvest. Workshop topics include the economics of the hop yard, integrated pest and disease management, the seasonal processes of hop cultivation and nutrient management programs. A local brewer will offer insights on processes, quality standards and other issues. Immediately following the close of class on Friday there will be an optional brewery tour from 3:30 pm – 5 pm; transportation not provided.

Instructor: Chris Reedy. To register visit: www1.abtech.edu/ce/registration. Search for course number: CSP-4473-198BB. For more information contact us at 828.398.7943 or send an email to biobusinessclasses@abtech.edu.

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