Hop Harvesting with Michigan Hop Alliance
Tucked along the 45th parallel in Leelanau County is a 30-acre hop farm. This is known as the ‘sweet spot’ for growing hops. Brian Tennis, the Hop Yard Owner and Merchant for the Michigan Hop Alliance says, “It’s a dead sexy plant!” He started this relatively new Michigan industry 12 years ago with just 1 acre of hops. Now he’s grown to 13 varieties and processes the hops for others in Michigan and beyond.
The growing cycle for this plant flies by. In a matter of 6-8 weeks, the plant grows up to 20 ft vertically. The harvest season for hops is very short. They have 3 weeks to have everything picked and processed.
To see the process take place, watch the video above for a step-by-step overview of the process — plant to pellet. The Michigan Hop Alliance is giving hop heads the perfect excuse to support their favorite local brews.
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