Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Hop Garden Hops Workshop in Belleville, WI

It's been a while but we're still spitting out the local news about Wisconsin Hops. Here's a recent share from our friends at The Hop Garden in Belleville, Wisconsin:

Interested in Growing Hops?

Just in Your Backyard or Commercially? 

The Hop Garden is offering two workshops on growing Hops. 

We are a new Hop Yard located outside of Belleville, Wisconsin. We are located about 20 minutes south of the Beltline from Madison. Where best to learn about hops than an actual 7 acre hop yard! Workshops will be led by Rich Joseph, Co-Owner of Joseph Staudt Hop’s and The Hop Garden. Joseph Staudt Hop’s is a two acre Hop Yard located in Neosho, Wisconsin.

The Hop Garden also brews beer using its own hops and sells to over 50 retail outlets in Southern Wisconsin. Backyard Hop Growing is designed for the home brewer or the folks that just like to learn more about hops and how they are used in beer making.

 Topics covered will include where and how to plant hops, how to care for them, backyard trellis structures, fertilizing and watering, harvesting and drying, as well as packaging for future use. Cost is $15 per person or sign up as a group of two or more and the price drops to $10 per person.

Workshops start at 10:30am and will finish at Noon with Hop Garden Beer Tasting! The workshop will be offered on the following Saturday mornings: February 7th and February 28th. 
Rich Joseph of the Hop Garden in Wisconsin
Rich Joseph of The Hop Garden, Belleville, Wisconsin

The Commercial Hop Growing Workshop is designed for the person that is thinking about growing a larger amount of hops from ¼ acre which is about 250 plants to 10 acres or more. Topics will include, Hop plant structure and life, what Brewers are looking for in their hops, economics, labor requirements, hop yard planning and design, purchasing rootstock and plants, scouting for weeds and insects, harvesting options, dryer or oast design, resources available, packaging and marketing or working with Wisconsin Hop Exchange Cooperative. Cost is $60 per person or $40 per person if signing up in a group of two or more. Thumb drives with all information presented and more will be available for an additional $15.00 The Workshop will start at 9:30am and will finish at Noon with Hop Garden Beer Tasting! This workshop will be offered on the following Saturday Mornings: February 14th and March 7th How To Reserve Your Seat: The workshops will be conducted at the office of The Hop Garden. Tours will be given of the yard and facilities, weather permitting. Seating is limited to 30 people per workshop. To reserve your seat please mail a check payable to: The Hop Garden, N8668 County Road D, Belleville, Wisconsin 53508.

Please include the number of seats being reserved, the date of the meeting you are going to attend, along with an email address or home address. Once the check is received you will be sent an invoice by mail or email to confirm your reservation.

Make a day or a weekend of it and visit local breweries. We are 8 miles from New Glarus Brewing, 10 miles from Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona, 12 miles from The Great Dane in Fitchburg, 17 miles to the Grumpy Troll in Mt. Horeb and 25 miles to Minhas Brewing in Monroe. There are excellent Hotels in all of these cities.

For more information and to learn more about our Hop Yard, please contact: Rich Joseph: 608-516-9649, rich.joseph.rj@gmail.com or visit our website: TheHopGarden.net visit us on Facebook - The Hop Garden, Belleville Wi.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Schedule published for #2013HopFest on Aug 24

The official schedule has been finalized for the 2013 Simple Earth Hops Harvest Brewfest. This community event is next week on Saturday, August 24 starting at 11am.

Free to participate Register Now!

Thanks to Ian Bottorff for all your help!
  • 8 AM
    ~ Staff Meeting (not attendees)
  • 9 -11 AM
    ~ Event Setup
  • 11 AM
     ~ Hop Picking Begins [11am-5pm]
     ~ Beverage Samples Tapped
     ~ The EARTHLINGS on Stage [11am-3pm]
  • 12 PM
    ~ Staff/Bands Lunch
  • 1 PM
     ~ 1st HOPYARD TOUR (Meet at Hop Picking Tent)
  • 2:30 PM
     ~ 2nd HOPYARD TOUR (Meet at Hop Picking Tent)        
  • 3 PM
     ~ KICK BRICKS on Stage [3pm-5pm]
  • 4 PM
     ~ LAST HOPYARD TOUR (Meet at Hop Picking Tent)
  • 5 PM
    ~ Hop Picking Ends
  • 6 PM
    ~ Community Potluck
  • 7 PM
    ~ The Earthlings back on stage
  • 9 PM
    ~ Bonfire Lighting
    ~ Special Tapping of two Beers by Ian Bottorff

Thursday, July 11, 2013

2013 Simple Earth Hops Harvest Brewfest announced for Sat August 24

Thanks to the many donations from individuals and organizations like BrewFest Partners, Simple Earth Hops is proud to announce the return of the Simple Earth Hops Harvest Brewfest on Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 11am-11pm in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.
Eventbrite - 2013 Simple Earth Hops Harvest Brewfest
This is a free community event provides a family friendly space with free beverage samples on the farm, kids activities, live music, hopyard tours and a huge community potluck at 6pm for more than 100 attendees who will lend a hand from 11am to 5pm to pick hops at 4352 State Road 23 in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

FREE REGISTRATION @ http://hopyard.eventbrite.com

The Simple Earth Hops logo
SIMPLE EARTH HOPS 4352 State Road 23, Dodgeville, WI CONTACT Simple Earth Hops | Matt Sweeny fattymattybrewing@gmail.com | 262-210-4077 SimpleEarthHops.com


Founded in 2009, Simple Earth Hops provides locally grown hops to brewers in Wisconsin. Connect with them on Facebook at http://fb.me/simpleearthhops or register for free tickets at http://hopyard.eventbrite.com

Additional support provided by BrewFest Partners

BrewFest Partners
Photos from previous Hop Harvest Brewfests

Photo by Rachel Konsella

Photo by Rachel Konsella

Photo by Rachel Konsella

Photo by Rachel Konsella

Monday, April 8, 2013

2013 Hop Growers Roundtable Event June 22 in Dodgeville WI

Our first farm event this year will be on Sat., June 22 where we are hosting the Simple Earth Hops 2013 Hop Growers Roundtable. This summer hopyard event will feature 2 hoppy presentations in the morning, a reception at lunch time and a forum discussion with hop growers Rich Joseph from Joseph Staudt Hop's and David Buss of Davali Ridge Farm both of the Wisconsin Hop Exchange.

ORDER TICKETS NOW for $45 per person at http://2013hops.eventbrite.com/ - Cheers to local beers!

Eventbrite - 2013 Hop Growers Rountable

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

2013 Hop Rhizome Pre-Orders Online

Do you want to grow hops? Want better ingredients for your homebrew?

Finally, pick your own hops!

Simple Earth Hops is now selling hop rhizomes which you can plant in your backyard to grow your own hops! Hop rhizomes are easy to order at http://hops.goodsie.com

There's 7 varieties of hop rhizomes to choose from including:

The hop rhizomes are disease free -- they come from a clean hopyard and are sold in sets of 2. Order your hop rhizomes now online at hops http://hops.goodsie.com

Orders will begin to ship out in April! Cheers!

Wisconsin Hopyard Photo by Rachel Konsella

Thursday, March 7, 2013

2013 Hopyard Volunteer Opportunities in Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Hopyard Volunteer Openings Available in Dodgeville, Wisconsin
2013 Volunteer Opportunities Available at Simple Earth Hops in Dodgeville, Wisconsin
F O R   I M M E D I A T E   R E L E A S E
Contact:  Matt Sweeny, Simple Earth Hops / fattymattybrewing@gmail.com
Dodgeville, WI--Simple Earth Hops (http://www.simpleearthhops.com/) announced today that Matt Sweeny is recruiting commercial hops volunteers for the 2013 growing season. The volunteer opportunities are available by contacting Matt Sweeny via email at fattymattybrewing@gmail.com … Hopyard volunteer opportunities include stringing the hopyard in April, 2013, weeding throughout the year, running the irrigation and hopyard care. And beer might be a topic of discussion. Learn how we marketing local hops, see the Simple Earth Hops established commercial hopyard and share in how to use earth-friendly growing practices. Volunteer gigs will be scheduled from April 2013 on through the season into August at the hop harvest event and into September, 2013.

When:        Volunteer Openings run from April, 2013 through September, 2013
Where:        At the hopyard! 4352 State Road 23, Dodgeville, WI 53533
About: Simple Earth Hops was founded in 2009 to promote the business of hops and sustainable agriculture methods in the Midwest.  Connect with them on Facebook

* Simple Earth Hops blog: http://www.simpleearthhops.com/.
* Photos and logos: http://goo.gl/SBRPj

Photos below by Rachel Konsella from the 2012 Simple Earth Hops Harvest Brewfest