Homegrown Hops Make History

MountaineerBy Jessi Stone | Written February 7, 2014

Photo by: Jessi Stone

Photo by: Jessi Stone

The pleasant but pungent smells of hops filled Frog Level Brewing Company on Jan. 29, as a historic moment was literally brewing.

For the first time ever, a commercial brewery is using hops grown in Haywood County to produce a one-of-a-kind beer. While craft brewing is an exploding industry in western North Carolina, local brewers typically have to get their hops from other regions due to the difficulty of growing vast amounts here in North Carolina.

It has taken several years for Heidi Dunkelberg, co-owner of Coffee Cup Café in Clyde, to grow enough hops to partner with Frog Level brewers Clark Williams and Taylor Rogers for this new brew.

On Jan. 29, Dunkelberg delivered between 4 to 5 pounds of Chinook, Cascade, Crystal and Nugget hops to Frog Level that she grew on H&K Farm Hop Yard in … Read the whole article HERE: http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/p/homegrown-hops-make-history/1111093

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