Friday, February 24, 2017

Only One Month till the Hops Conference in North Carolina!

The South Atlantic Regional Hops conference is coming up really soon. Have you registered yet? We have plenty of room for attendees for the Saturday educational program, but if you want to go on the Friday tour, too, there are only 28 tickets left that include the tour (that was at 3:30 pm on 2/24/2017). This is going to be a great conference specifically for and about Southern hop production. There are bigger hops conferences in the north and out west, but hops production is region specific. We have issues with day length, heat, and humidity that they don't have in those other regions. Even our soils are very different from those in the Pacific Northwest. So, if you want to learn how to grow hops in the South, this is the conference to attend. If you want to buy hops from Southern growers, this is the conference to attend. If you just want to hang out with a lot of really fun, optimist, entrepreneurial people, this is the conference to attend.

We still have room for sponsors and exhibitors, too.  Here is the link to the Conference Website:
 
Here is the program for Saturday (and the tour information is below that):

7:00-8:00 Exhibitor Set-up 

8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:15 Welcome-Jeanine Davis

9:15-10:00 Keynote: The Hops Industry Across the Globe and Where the South Atlantic Growers Fit In-Scott Jennings, Sierra Nevada Brewery, Mills River

10:00-10:30 Break

Concurrent Sessions: Beginners (B) Experienced Growers (E)

10:30-11:10 (B) How to grow hops in the South Atlantic-the basics-Laura Siegle, Virginia Extension-and Holly Scoggins, Virginia Tech (E) Processing hops-drying, pelletizing, storing-Solomon Rose, Organarchy Hops

11:20-12:00 (B) If I could do it all over again-a grower‘s perspective-Phillip Davis, Sticky Indian Hops-and Stan Driver, Hoot'n Holler Hops (E) Our experiences with hop harvesters-Jeanine Davis-NC State University, Justen Dick, Kelly Ridge Farms, and Solomon Rose, Organarchy Hops

12:00-1:00 Lunch and presentations by Platinum and Gold Sponsors

1:00-1:40 (B) Selling hops to local brewers-Phillip Davis, Sticky Indian Hops and Heidi Dunkelberg, H&K Farms (E) Hops chemistry from ground to glass-Ken Hurley, Virginia Tech

1:50-2:30 (B) The business of growing hops (financing, taxes, insurance, incorp. etc)-Adam Hopkins, University of Tennessee (E) Brewers Panel-How are local growers doing?-Scott Jennings, Sierra Nevada, Kevin Sondey, Catawba Brewing Co., and Matt Norman, Frog Level Brewing

2:30-3:00 Break

Concurrent Sessions: A and B

3:00-3:40 (A) Old Dominion Hops Coop-what it is, how it works, and benefits of belonging–Stan Driver, Hoot'n Holler Hops and Nat Abeles, Highline Hops (B) Hops and daylength-grower and researcher experiments-Justen Dick, Kelly Ridge Farms, and Colleen Doherty or Eric Waddell, NC State University

3:50-4:30 (A) What am I allowed to spray on my hops? Laura Siegle, Virginia Extension and Patrick Jones, NC Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services (B) Leveraging the local growers' competitive advantages and varieties to avoid planting in 2017-John Bryce, the Lupulin Exchange

4:30-4:45 Break

Single Sessions

4:45-5:45 Results from the North Carolina and Virginia university hop growing studies-Jeanine Davis, NC State University, Holly Scoggins, Virginia Tech and Laban Rutto, Virginia State

5:45-6:00 Wrap-Up, choose site for next year, thank you.

Friday afternoon tour:

One of the tours is sold out, but this one still has 28 seats left (as of 2/24 at 3:45): Riverbend Malt House, the NCSU Research Hop Yard, North River Farms (barley), and Sierra Nevada Brewery.

 Friday evening brewery tour:

 There will be a single bus making a continuous circuit including the breweries and the hotel. This will run from 6 pm to 10 pm (or start as soon as we get the bus back from the Friday afternoon tours and unloaded). You are welcome to get on and off at will, but if you miss the last bus, you need to find your way back to the hotel (lots of taxi and Uber opportunities in Asheville). Catawba Brewing Co. is our special partner for the evening. They are going to brew a conference beer made with local ingredients! Attendees will get a ticket for one glass of the conferernce beer, but after that you will have to buy all your own beer and food that evening. Catawba Brewing Co. is also offering a brewhouse tour and tasting for our group, but you have to register and pay for that separately through this Catawba Eventbrite page. One World Brewing is also offering a ticket for a glass of beer for our attendees on the Friday evening brewery tour.

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