MSU Extension is offering a Hops Field Day and Tour on Friday, Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Participants will meet at the MSU Horticultural Research Center (6686 South Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684), board a chartered bus and travel to Empire Hop Farm on the Leelanau Peninsula to tour one of the largest hop yards in Michigan and a new hop processing facility. The group will then travel to Northport Brewing Company, for lunch and a tour. In the afternoon participants will travel by bus to tour New Mission Organic’s hop yard and processing operation near Omena and then onto K & K Farm south of Suttons Bay.
Throughout the tour hop growers will be on site to discuss all aspects of hop production; initial costs, plant care, disease and insect management, short and tall trellis systems, trellis construction, and organic and conventional growing practices. The group will then return to the Research Center for an educational beer tasting led by Executive Director, Scott Graham, of the Michigan Brewers Guild, along with several Michigan brewers.
The cost is $85 per person which includes lunch, charter bus transportation and handouts. Pre-registration is required by debit/credit card and space is limited. Due to the popularity of this event, payment is due at the time of online registration. Because of liability issues and space, participants will NOT be allowed to drive their personal vehicle on this tour.
We thank our gracious program sponsors: Empire Hop Farm, Michigan Brewers Guild, Michigan Hop Alliance, K & K Farm and Northport Brewing Company.
Please visit the 2014 Hops Field Day & Tour registration page for more information.