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What’s Brewing? An Inside Look at Kent Falls Brewing and Camps Road Farm

15 Jun

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The Orchard at Camps Road Farm for Neversink Spirits

Set in the back of the farm you can see glimpses of the orchard where apples are being grown for Neversink Spirits Brandy.

If you went to Fools Day Farm just three years ago you wouldn’t see much at all, just some grass and weeds growing a mile high, overtaking the once proud dairy farm and orchard. But, that all changed when Barry Labendz, Headbrewer Derek Dellinger, and David Birnbaum took over the farm and have since put in a ton of hard work to make it what it is today: Camps Road Farm. Starting with the orchard, they had planted hundreds of trees whose fruit will soon be used to make Neversink Spirits brandy. And three years ago, in the main farm area, they planted an impressive hops garden that has now grown to a total of 2,800 vines. In fact, it’s gotten so huge that last year, even before they were officially a brewery, they had to recruit friends and family to help with the hop harvest, which will take place again this year (complete with a BBQ and beers to enjoy) on September 5.

Centennial Hops being grown at Kent Falls farmhouse Camps Road FarmBecause we wanted to help spread the word of all the great things they have going on, Barry was kind enough to take us on a tour of the farm and farmhouse brewery. He took us row by row, through the hops garden, past the Willamette, the Centennials, the Chinooks, the Cascades, the Brewer’s Gold, and the Northern Brewer, and shared several other awesome things. Here are some highlights:

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