About Holmestead Hops

Holmestead Hops began in 2015 with 30 Cascade hop plants.  A harvest yield of 2 lbs and an amazing batch of a bourbon infused, wet-hopped IPA home-brew got us thinking that we might just want to plant some more.  This year we will expand by 1,875 more Centennial and Cascade hop plants on 2 acres.  We're busy planning … Continue reading About Holmestead Hops

2016 Cornell Hop Conference – Top Ten!

Cornell held their annual hop conference on December 3rd at Morrisville State College.  This was our second Cornell Hop Conference and, as always, we learned a lot.  Here's our Top Ten list from the conference: Driving in the wee hours of the morning - We told ourselves that we should find a hotel nearby last year … Continue reading 2016 Cornell Hop Conference – Top Ten!

Time Flies During Harvest Season

I know, I know.  It's been forever since we posted anything.  And there has definitely been some action around here. Just before Labor Day weekend the hops were finally ready (meaning they were at the correct moisture content)!  We sent them into the lab and were thrilled to see that the acid levels were within the … Continue reading Time Flies During Harvest Season

Boom! Hops are in the Ground

Happy 4th of July!  Hope the weekend was full of good food and good times.  Maybe a little relaxing, too. Thought we would never get to say.... THE HOPS ARE ALL PLANTED! And this is how we feel about it: https://youtu.be/vHfMOCW76yY Now that they're in the ground and we are anxiously waiting on rain we should talk … Continue reading Boom! Hops are in the Ground

Ewe Have to Meet the New Mowing Crew

The hop plants are going in a field that has been pasture since the farm was established back in the late 1800's.  That's some deep roots.  The less the hop plants are crowded by things the better for all the reasons you can probably guess - they aren't competing for nutrients, they have plenty of air … Continue reading Ewe Have to Meet the New Mowing Crew