Two-day workshop on growing hops commercially

Date(s) - Saturday, Oct 22, 2016
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County is offering a two-day workshop on Oct. 22 and 23 for individuals who are interested in learning about growing hops and brewery grains commercially.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the Cornell Cooperative Extension Auditorium, 21 South Grove St., East Aurora. The On the second day from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, attendees will tour local breweries by charter bus.

With support of from the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement program, the workshop will be  taught by Cornell University faculty; Steve Miller, the New York State Hops Specialist;  regional Cornell specialists, and experienced Erie County growers and brewers.

In July 2012, Governor Cuomo signed legislation to support and strengthen New York’s craft breweries with the goal of increasing demand for locally grown products as well as expanding economic development and promoting tourism by showcasing exceptional food and beverage products through the Taste NY initiative.  Under the new law, in order to receive a Farm Brewery License in New York State, the beer must be made primarily from locally grown farm products:  20 percent local by 2018, 60 percent local by 2023 and after 2024, 90 percent of the hops and other ingredients used must be grown or produced in New York.

To help with this initiative, the workshop will cover the following topics: How to Grow Hops, Understanding New York State Brewery Legislation, Hops Integrated Pest Management, Growing Brewing Grains, A Summary of Hops Variety Trials, Farm Based Beverages, and a Lunch Brewery Panel Discussion.

On the second day of the workshop participants will go on a  brewery tour by charter bus and will have the opportunity to see how their product could be used by local breweries. This will also be a great networking opportunity.

The fee for the workshop is $35 for Erie County Agriculture enrollees, and $50 for non-enrollees. Lunch is included on Oct. 22, however dinner and drinks on the brewery tour are the responsibility of the attendee.

Partial cost of this workshop is offset by the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement program support.

Register online here.