I sold an old truck to the wife of our farm manager. He and I had a great relationship, and I gave him a great deal on my dad’s old truck. The truck was in great shape. His wife gave me an envelope with the money. Right away, without thinking, I put it in my pocket. She […]
Yesterday morning I received a special offer from an ad sales agent to advertise in a brewing industry magazine. The email, written by a guy we will call John, wasn’t rude. For some reason though, his request bothered me. It was so very one-sided. He really wanted to know what I could do for him. […]
Competition is fierce in the hop industry. I watched the movie Founder a couple weeks ago. There are so many similarities between things that happened in the movie and things I see happening in the hop industry. The following quote symbolizes the competition, visceral hatred and greed that we see from time to time.
“It’s a […]
Since we moved this blog to WordPress from Blogger three months ago, we’ve had over 200,000 reads! When I go to an event like the Hop Growers of America convention, Brau or CBC, people say things like, “I love your blog”, or they tell me to “keep up the good work”. I am happy to […]
In the life of a hop contract, not everything always goes as planned. Sometimes somebody needs more hops. Sometimes somebody bought too many hops or maybe they contracted for varieties they no longer need. Sometimes somebody doesn’t pay on a contract and you cancel it. Stuff happens. We recently had a customer, let’s call him Roger, who had […]