Ohio brewers spend about $4 million a year on hops. That presents a great opportunity for Ohio farmers, the Ohio State University Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center says.
The Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will host a "Hops Workshop" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at the research center in Wooster.
"Microbrewing is growing quickly in Ohio, with over 100 craft brewers licensed statewide over the past two years," Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with Ohio State University Extension and the research center, said in a news release. "And these breweries need locally grown ingredients like hops and malting barley, the two main ingredients needed in many of the brews. But because different brewers use different hops varieties for their craft beers, it’s important for growers to know the market in terms of the varieties that brewers need before growers invest in their first rhizomes (plant roots).”
The workshop includes light breakfast and lunch. Tickets are $25. There also will be a tour of the JAFB Wooster Brewery and pizza dinner following the program. The tour costs $5.