Question and answer segment after main presentation
Andrew Tralka and Jaclyn Van Bourgondien, hop farmers, were the guest speakers at the monthly meeting of Brooklyn Brewery's Legion of Osiris beer appreciation club. They've been growing a few different varieties of hops on a two-acre plot on their family farm in Peconic, Long Island under the business name Farm to Pint.
Jac & Andrew's adventure into cultivating Humulus lupulus on L.I. began in the Pacific Northwest, where they lived in 2006, when they got into homebrewing. In 2012, they found themselves back home on the family farm on the North Fork, where they committed themselves to putting locally produced hops into the locally produced beer of this region so well known for its wine production.
|Hop bines on their way up, growing clockwise.|
New York state, specifically upstate near the Finger Lakes, was once the top hop growing region in North America, in the late 1800s. But a series of blights followed by the crippling effect of Prohibition decimated the once dominant commercial crop. North American hop production shifted to the west coast, where it continues to thrive, driven by the growth of craft beer and a surge of new small breweries.
|Andrew and Jac.|
The version of the podcast below is the full, unedited presentation, in one file. The WFMU version, linked at the top of the page, is in two parts and was slightly edited.
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|Bob, Maia, Andrew and Jac.|
|Raise your hand if you grow hops.|
|Maia of Brooklyn Brewery makes the introduction.|
|Hop plants were sold at the meeting.|
|Member were able to order plants in advance.|
|"Ben Hudson" isn't a new hop variety... yet!|
|It's not a proper Osiris meeting without some pints!|