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Hop Growers Seminar
Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm
Forestville, CA
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Join the NorCal Hop Growers Alliance for our 3rd annual Hop Growing Seminar. This year our event takes place at the beautiful SRJC Shone Farm, just outside Forestville.

Tickets include coffee and breakfast snacks, a full catered lunch, beer tastings, cheese pairings, all day access to education, and an afternoon tour of a local hop yard at Redwood Hill Goat Farm with hands on sessions in the field.

This years speakers include Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Company, Nile Zacherle of Mad Fritz Beer, Paul Hawley of Fogbelt Brewing Company, Chris Fragoso from UC Berkeley on hop genetics and breeding programs, local hop farmers and more!

This year's seminar will focus on developing the niche market of wet hop beers, fresh hops, and local ingredients. If you are thinking about growing hops, diversifying your current farming practices to include hops, or brewing craft beer, this seminar will have a lot to offer. It's also a great opportunity to meet many great people in the California craft brewing industry.

Join us for a full day of immersive focus on all things hop!

8:00 to 8:30: Registration and coffee + snacks

8:30 to 9:00: Welcome and Introduction by the NorCal Hop Growers Alliance

9:00 to 9:30: Small scale hop farming, diversified farming and market building: Eric March of Star B Ranch

9:30 to 9:45: Reclaiming History, Hop Growing and Brewing Experiences in the Sacramento Valley: Mark Cabrera of Cultivar Beers

9:45 to 10:15: Starting and growing a small hop farm and marketing to local breweries: United Hops Rohit Nayyar, Dean Peckham

10:15 to 10:30: The SRJC Brewing Science Program  Education and the future of local craft brewing with Chris Wills of Shone Farm

10:30: BREAK

10:45 to 11:15 Brewing Wet Hop Beers and the Future of Local Ingredients: Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Company - followed by tasting.

11:15 to 11:45: Origin Beers and the Appreciation of Local Ingredients: Nile Zacherle of Mad Fritz Brewing  followed by tasting.

11:45 to Noon: Building Relationships, Local Hops and Local Craft Beer: Paul Hawley of Fogbelt Brewing Company  followed by tasting.

Noon-12:30: Hops and Cider, Subtleties of Flavor and the Commitment to Local Ingredients: Chris Condos of Horse and Plow Cider  followed by tasting.

12:30-1:30 Lunch (catered)

1:30-2:00 Developing Small Scale Hop Breeding in Northern California: Chris Fragoso

2:00-2:30: Integrating Hops into a Sustainable, Diversified Farming Model: Scott Bice of Redwood Hill Farm

2:30 to 5:00 Travel to Redwood Hill Goat Farm for a tour of small-scale hop production, cheese tasting, farming workshops
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Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm (View)
7450 Steve Olson Ln
Forestville, CA 95436
United States


Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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