Wonder where in N. MI?
The guys I know on teh brewing side like some of the qualities of the Chinook and Cascade from MI. They say the aromatics are very nice.
Don't quote me but I think I remember hearing near TC? I did get some of the 'pineapple' Chinook from Jeff & Bonnie but haven't tried them yet.
Apparently the thinking is that there is another hop shortage coming up - or at least good profit margins to be made in the next few years.
I've seen some unbelievable numbers on the planned expansions and have to think it's all tied to contracts. Lots of brewers, especially the new ones, are tired of ending up with the 'scraps' that may or may not be there after all the contracts are filled so they're finally contracting. And you're right when saying that hop prices are finally rising. Not a whole lot, but enough to justify the growers investment in some additional acreage. I've heard from a few sources that there could be a downside to the expansions in that there will come a point that additional drying capacity will be needed to get the crop dried in a timely manner, and I guess a new dryer can run in the millions? Get ready to pay a little bit more for your hops in the next few years to help finance the dryers.