Monday, January 14, 2013

NYs Brewing Claim to Fame

Caption this....


During the mid 1800s NY was pretty much the hop-growing capital of the world. One of the barns below is our hop house, evidence that our own farm was involved in the boom.

I love reading about the renewed interest in hops in the region and hope they do become an important niche crop. I have long thought of buying a hop vine or two just for the heck of it, but I haven't done it yet.

7 comments:

joated said...

I was thinking along those lines (hop history/brewing) when I saw you post a photo of your hop barn Sunday.

I recall seeing old sepia tinted photos of hop vines 12-20 feet tall from circa 1900 in the Mohawk Valley. (Utica/Rome?) Might have been at the Saranac Brewery in Utica.

June said...

I think Butternuts Brewery is scanning about for hops farmers to supply the soon-to-be-established Cobleskill brewery...

Woodswalker said...

You wouldn't have to buy any hop vines, just walk along the Mohawk at Vischers Ferry, where they grow in tangled wild masses in the woods.

threecollie said...

Joated, I find the whole thing so cool, especially the current resurgence of hop growing, as small breweries increase.

June, I guess they are a bit hard to grow because of the blight and the need for them to climb on strings and poles, but I sure would like to try one just for the fun of it. I love to grow odd things.

WW, really? Wow, I think they are the coolest things. Had no idea they grow wild.

June said...

I think it's astonishingly labor-intensive work, but the Butternut guys are all into small farm operations and local sources. Seems like you'd be local enough for Cobleskill.

Cathy said...

Guilty admission:

Ouch. I don't think I've ever had an entire beer.

Now what's that all about?

Keith and Jody love it. . . . but! I do love the idea of it.

threecollie said...

June, yeah, we are only half an hour away. I really have thought about it for several years, but that is as far as I've gone.

Cathy, not a fan of beer myself although I will drink one now and then. Much prefer Lambrusco or peach brandy in a glass of milk.