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Title: Oregon Hop farms
Post by: Merkur on April 15, 2018, 05:36:36 PM
I would like the opportunity while in Portland for HomeBreCon to visit a hop farm and learn more about hop growing and processing.  Does anyone know if a) AHA is planning such a tour or b) if anyone has done this and has any recommendations?

Thanks,

Paul
Title: Re: Oregon Hop farms
Post by: denny on April 15, 2018, 05:49:35 PM
A) not as far as I know

B) yes, I have, both in OR and in Yakima.  You're up against 2 problems...any OR hop growing will be at least an hour and a half drive south of PDX.  And in June there won't be a lot going on.  A couple months later would be a different story.
Title: Re: Oregon Hop farms
Post by: klickitat jim on April 15, 2018, 10:23:09 PM
Late June still not a whole lot to see in yakima either
Title: Re: Oregon Hop farms
Post by: yso191 on April 15, 2018, 11:20:11 PM
Just this week I say the first sign of growth in the hop fields.
Title: Re: Oregon Hop farms
Post by: klickitat jim on April 16, 2018, 10:37:53 AM
SWEET!!!
Title: Re: Oregon Hop farms
Post by: Merkur on April 17, 2018, 01:36:58 PM
Thanks for the input.  I hadn't thought about the seasonal aspect of hop farming and there wouldn't be a lot going on.  Good point.

At last year's conference in Minneapolis I was lucky enough to go on the trip to Rahr Malting.  The largest single location malt-house in the world.  It was well worth the trip with railroad cars of grain arriving and the grains being steeped, malted and dried.  Well worth the visit - especially the on-site brewery, food and beer truck!

Paul
Title: Re: Oregon Hop farms
Post by: Steve Ruch on April 17, 2018, 04:48:55 PM
Thanks for the input.  I hadn't thought about the seasonal aspect of hop farming and there wouldn't be a lot going on.  Good point.

At last year's conference in Minneapolis I was lucky enough to go on the trip to Rahr Malting.  The largest single location malt-house in the world.  It was well worth the trip with railroad cars of grain arriving and the grains being steeped, malted and dried.  Well worth the visit - especially the on-site brewery, food and beer truck!

Paul

Great Western melting is a short hop over the border in Vancouver, WA.
Title: Re: Oregon Hop farms
Post by: denny on April 17, 2018, 05:57:55 PM
Thanks for the input.  I hadn't thought about the seasonal aspect of hop farming and there wouldn't be a lot going on.  Good point.

At last year's conference in Minneapolis I was lucky enough to go on the trip to Rahr Malting.  The largest single location malt-house in the world.  It was well worth the trip with railroad cars of grain arriving and the grains being steeped, malted and dried.  Well worth the visit - especially the on-site brewery, food and beer truck!

Paul

Great Western melting is a short hop over the border in Vancouver, WA.

We asked them about tours and they're not really set up for it.   Plus since they're in the Port of Portland there are DHS regs to deal with.