The Mosher family loves to grow things, and we love to drink beer. It is no surprise that last year we finally started growing our own hops to use in homebrewing. The ground here at Brittany Hollow certainly seems to agree with the hops we planted. Typically, hops (a perennial) do not produce very many flowers the first year. The flowers are what we use in our brewing to impart bitterness, flavor, and aroma depending on the brew. Our hops had a great first year and we were able to harvest a few bushels of flowers to dry and brew with. Last week, we spent an afternoon cleaning up and expanding our hop yard.
|One of our Cascade variety hop plants.|
|Darryl and Ross stretching a wire across the garden. In a few months, there will be hops everywhere!|
|Darryl trimming away the dead growth from last year to make way for this year's growth.|
|Ross enjoying some of our homebrewed IPA.|
While the Mosher Brewing Co. may still be a far-off dream, I think that growing our own hops is a step in the right direction. Another step in the right direction would be to win the lottery.