In this post, I am calling the local super market and a good beer store to get prices for a good local beer in a keg for the 2013 Hop Growers Roundtable event on Saturday, June 22 at our farm in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.
On June 22, 2013, I will be representing Simple Earth Hops to present the HOP GROWERS ROUNDTABLE for new & existing hop farmers. Registration is $45 @ http://2013hops.eventbrite.com/ and includes 2 Presentations from 9am-Noon on Sustainable Hopyard Establishment and Marketing Hops plus; Lunch Reception at Noon-1pm and; a hop farming forum discussion with a panel of 2 commercial hop growers from Wisconsin from 1pm-3pm.
Registration includes a beer pint glass for you to take home with refills throughout the event. FMI share this event on Facebook at http://hops.me/5l60 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Event Location at 4352 State Road 23, Dodgeville, WI
Hop rhizomes are now available through my hopyard business, Simple Earth Hops where we have seven (7) different hop varieties to test in your hopyard. If you brew this is perfect for you as you can harvest your own hop cones to put in your homebrew batches. Each plant will produce around 1 or 2 pounds of hops each fall.
Things are good. We live on the farm now where we can grow crops and hops. We have a house, with another cabin that my mom loves, on the property is also a barn, tool shop, market building, tractor, 5 acres to grow on and another 15 of rolling land for us to play. You would LOVE it. To bad my dad couldn’t enjoy it eh?
I have been working for Simply Bovine and independently on website development and graphic arts freelance. My weekends are spent Chainsawing and stacking lots of wood for our farm house’s wood burning off the grid stove.
I now have a tuned up, well running 1984 Jeep Grand Wagoneer which was purchased from a Jeep mechanic here in WI in Oct which I have been reading tons of info about, I have the service and owners manual. You can read more about my new Wagoneer here: http://fsj1984grandwagoneer.wordpress.com/
I look forward to brewing up 2 ale kits this year and shipping the balance of my commercial hops to Oscar Peregrina . Here is my personal site if you want to follow: http://mattsweeny.com/
Thank you so much to all the supporters of the 2012 Simple Earth Hops Harvest Brewfest. This event would not be possible without the help of so many volunteers, generous brewers, local businesses like Mr. T’s Mobile here in Dodgeville, Alan Schroeder at Pendarvis Historic site in Mineral Point, my family and again, all the event staff and volunteers.
2012 Wisconsin Hopfest Photos
As the hop picking season comes to a close, at least in our Wisconsin hopyard, some of the photos from the event are starting to roll in. Here are some photos [which we will keep adding to] taken by my hoppy mom, Marilyn Sweeny.
Last August in Dodgeville, Wisconsin was the 2011 Simple Earth Hops Harvest Brewfest. This fine hop picking event happened because the community came out to the farm to pitch in and help run the show. The local beer was fun too. Here are some photos taken by hopyard friend Charles Tuura of Aurora, Illinois.