Monthly Archives: June 2015

Local Brewing in the Empire State. It’s all about Plan Bee.

Sitting in his New York City apartment several years ago, Evan Watson was at a crossroads. He had moved to Harlem as a 21-year old in 2007 before promptly landing a record contract, and was home brewing in his spare time, playing around with a kit his then-girlfriend bought him.
“I was enamored with music,” says […]

Why Cascades Will Be Short in 2015

Last week the USDA released the U.S. acreage strung for harvest statistics.  What do they show?  They show a huge migration toward proprietary varieties, some of which, as I have discussed in previous blogs, are locked down and controlled by only a few people.  That’s a trend that should concern every brewer if they don’t […]

“Don’t tell anybody, but I just got $10.00 a pound”

I tried to buy some hops the other day.  To my surprise, the grower said no to a price that should have been OK based on the price per acre everybody says they want.  At first I thought he was being a little unreasonable and even greedy.  After the phone call, I realized the price […]