Osborn Brewing Co., a homebrew shop in Monroe, has launched an online fundraising campaign to try to raise $10,000 to turn 86 acres into a sustainable hop farm. The goal is to provide fresh hops to local homebrewers and breweries.
The primary market would be homebrewers, owner Brent Osborn said in an email. "I want to provide a 'brewery quality' product that no one else is. I have some good friends who are running microbreweries, and if I can fill a need for them, I will. My main priority is and always will be homebrewers.
"Homebrewers have access to the malts and yeasts used in commercial brewing but the hops has always been what has been left over," he added. "Setting up a means to get hops directly from the grower will give area homebrewers access to hops that have not been warehoused, aged and shipped. They will be direct from the farm to the brewer, just like the commercial producers!"
The plan is to start with 20 to 30 acres to see which varieties do best in the area, he said. Monroe is located along Interstate 75 between Cincinnati and Dayton.