Growing Hops in West Central Illinois - U of I Extension

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Growing Hops in West Central Illinois

This article was originally published on June 12, 2017 and expired on July 15, 2017. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

As a new generation of commercial and home brewers emerge, the demand for locally grown hops is on the rise. Traditionally a crop in the Pacific Northwest, hops can be grown successfully in our Midwest climate. However, this crop requires more inputs and infrastructure than a typical backyard garden. In mid-July, you will have two opportunities to learn more about growing hops on both a small scale and commercial scale.

On Friday, July 14, join University of Illinois Extension Small Farms and Local Foods Educator Grant McCarty for “Growing Hops for Homebrewers” as he details what you need to get started growing hops in the Midwest. Grant will cover disease and insect management, irrigation setup, harvesting, and marketing hops to local brewers. This program will be held at the McDonough County Extension Office and 4-H Center from 6 to 8 PM. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Register online at http://go.illinois.edu/Hops4Homebrew. Call (309) 342-5108 or email achriste@illinois.edu for more information. This event is hosted by University of Illinois Extension.

Then on Saturday, July 15, you can join Grant again as he presents an educational workshop at The Hallowed Hops Farm Field Day near Lewistown, IL. The Hallowed Hops Farm Field Day will give you the opportunity to experience a living, working hops yard. This event will go from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes a tour of the farm, discussion of industry details, lunch, educational workshops, and networking. Space is limited, and registration is required. You may register online at www.iira.org/event-registration/?ee=16 . Call (800) 526-9943 or email icdc@wiu.edu for more information. This event is sponsored by Illinois Cooperative Development Center and Hallowed Hops Farm.

Anyone interested in growing hops, homebrewing, or the drink local movement is encouraged to attend either of these events for a chance to ask questions and learn from experts in the field. 

Source: Grant McCarty, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms, gmccarty@illinois.edu

Pull date: July 15, 2017