Opportunity for organic hops production?
Just heard the news that Pisgah Brewing Co. of Black Mountain is planning to drop its U.S. Department of Agriculture organic certification because the brewery can’t get an adequate supply of organic hops. Read more from the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Could this spell opportunity for the small but growing contingent of NC hops growers? Last month, Jeanine Davis of NC State University hosted two workshops in the Asheville area targeted at brewers and potential hops growers. If organic hops is something needed in North Carolina, maybe that’s a market for the pent-up interest in hop production.
Of course, any type of organic production has its challenges, and organic certification can be a tall order to meet. Something to think about… What do you think of the prospects for organic hops in North Carolina?
Pisgah Brewing Co.
Black Mountain, NC