Our Rakau hops are working their way up above the top wire. This variety is mainly grown in New Zealand, but they are thriving in the upstate sunshine! One of the beers we're working on is dry saison with lovely tropical fruit aromas imparted by these beauties!
It's another gorgeous morning at Griffin Hill Farm Brewery
Growing and growing
After the summer solstice the hops begin to develop the flowers, called cones, that we use in the brewing process. First come buds, then burrs (pictured here), and finally the cones become ripe late in the summer. Thes burrs on our Centennial plants are enjoying the morning sunshine!
Our Rakau plants are looking healthy!
Only female plants produce the cones needed to brew beer. No boys allowed in our hop yard!
Sea of Green
At this point in the summer the plants are 18 feet tall and heavy with big leaves soaking up the sunshine. In the fall the entire above ground portion of the plants will die back, only to emerge anew in the spring and do it all over again.
Griffin Hill Farm Brewery
A New York Hop Farm and Brewery
This blog chronicles our journey to launch Griffin Hill Farm Brewery in Central New York. We are a farm brewery using New York State grown ingredients, including our own.