It’s been a dream of ours to open up a hop farm for a while now. First of all, it’s a hop farm: that’s awesome. Second of all, it’d be great to create a local, field-to-beer experience like breweries are now embracing more than ever (see one example below). Third of all, we’d make a ton of dinero because hops are in high demand. Even if we don’t have the farmland to grow some killer hops right now, we’re dying to get to Two Roads on 12/11 for the Organic Hop Workshop and Farmer Mixer. It all goes down from 5:30-8:30 with two awesome parts.
1) For no fee, you can talk and hang out with local farmers, producers, food and beer friends, and generally awesome people at in the tasting room. If that’s all you want to do, make sure to RSVP at beerfests.com. 2) For just $10, you can register for the Organic Hop Workshop from 6:30-7:30, led by John Suscovich of Camps Road Farm in Kent. Those hops are what’s going into the beer at the soon to open Kent Falls Brewing Company right on that farm. This is one opening that we are too damn excited about. In addition, you’ll get light refreshments (beer extra), 2 raffle tickets, and a tour of the brewery. Proceeds from the workshop are going to CT NOFA (more about them below). Whether you’re a farmer, if you plan to try and grow hops at your house, or just want to meet some great people, this will be a great night at Two Roads. And, since we’re talking about Two Roads, congrats to them for winning seven medals at the Great International Beer Festival in Providence, RI. They also took home a gold meal for their wickedly great Route of All Evil. More on CT NOFA, from their site:
About CT NOFA
CT NOFA is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world. CT NOFA:
- Promotes methods of farming, gardening, and land care that respect biodiversity, soil, water, air, and the needs of future generations through education, support, and advocacy.
- Encourages the growth of a sustainable, regional food system that is ecologically sound, economically viable and socially just.
- Educates consumers about their power to effect positive changes through their food and land care choices.
- Increases the local and organic food supply and maintains productive agricultural land by creating opportunities for new and veteran farmers.
CT NOFA is working toward:
- The growth of organic food production in Connecticut, resulting in local, sustainable agricultural systems.
- A clean, safe, healthy environment to pass on to future generations.
- Preservation of existing farmland in the state.
- An abundant supply of organically grown food for Connecticut citizens.