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The Hardywood Community Hopping Project Returns to RVA!

on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 10:56am

UPDATE: AS OF MONDAY, MARCH 25 AT 11:20PM, ALL OF OUR 2013 RHIZOME ORDER HAS BEEN RESERVED. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST, AND FOR EVERYONE WHO REGISTERED EARLY. WE WILL CERTAINLY LOOK TO EXPAND THIS PROGRAM IN 2014.

The Hardywood Community Hopping Project returns to RVA this year, with 1,000 more hop rhizomes on order that we'll be giving out to anyone interested in growing hops locally, and hopefully contributing some late summer to our Community Hopped Beer, RVA IPA. For tips or to offer ideas or suggestions in hop growing specific to our region, join the Hardywood Community Hopping Project group on Facebook. Participants will have their signatures featured on the label for our 2013 batch of RVA IPA, and they'll have a private party with some special gifts in their honor prior to the public release of RVA IPA.

Our goals with the Community Hopping Project are to make central Virginia a little greener, to increase the appreciation of one of beer's core ingredients, to offer a fun, community oriented activity that gets more people involved in the creation of a local product, and to make the hops in one Richmond beer (RVA IPA) incomparably fresh.

Cascade, Columbus and Centennial hops are all on order and should arrive by early April. Please use the form below to select up to four (4) total hop rhizomes. We've ordered 500 Cascade, 250 Columbus and 250 Centennial. Rhizomes will be offered first-come first-served, so please submit the request form promptly if you're interested.

Profiles for the available hop rhizome varietals are as follows:

  • Cascade (4.5 - 7.0% alpha): flowery, citrusy aroma - pleasant grapefruit notes.
  • Centennial (9.5 - 11.5% alpha): medium intensity hop aroma with floral and citrus tones.
  • Columbus (14.5 - 15.5% alpha): pungent, high alpha hop.

Thanks, in advance, for helping us bring the joy of hop growing and harvesting to the good people of Richmond!

Cheers,

Team Hardywood

Comments

Terry Shoffner's picture

What a great idea! I'm a homebrewer and a horticulturist and I'm sure I'm not alone. What a great way to promote both avocations. Love your brews as well. Thanks for your efforts. Terry
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